My second gig of the week this Thursday, and also my second Mix-Up. Another line up where I'd heard of none of the artists before going, and ending up being a fan of all three by the time I went home.
First on were Deep Cabaret 3 which was very definitely folk, and with a fairly unlikely selection of instruments, the first song was two clarinets (I think) voice & shruti with the rest of the set with a mixture of hurdy gurdy, bass clarinet, flute, guitar and voice, lyrically poetic, generally subtle, ridiculously well put together and sounding consistently almost nothing like I would have expected. Very enjoyable indeed!
Second up was Thomas McCarthy, a gentleman from a traveller family, singing songs handed down through generations in the traditional style. An incredible performance, at times, so funny he had the audience laughing out loud and at others so haunting that he raised the hairs on my arms and the back of my neck. Just one man, his voice and the stories of generations. Entirely different to the first band, and also entirely brilliant.
Lastly, we had Hot Head Show who apparently play Maximalist Avant-Bang. I have no idea what that is.What I will say, is that they were outstandingly energetic, decidedly leftfield, utterly different to the previous two acts and so tight that you couldn't have slid a single sheet of graphene between the three of them. They have toured with Primus, and that might give you a small clue as to what to expect from some of their show, but in no way should you let that start to define them, I've now heard (and own) both of their albums and there's as much variation in there as there is brilliance. Well worth a listen, and if you get a chance to see them live, take it, they somehow manage to transfer this random nervous energy to the crowd in front of them, so much so there was a bit of a pogo going on during some of it.
In the Klondyke club.
On the whole another very enjoyable, incredibly varied mix of daftly talented musicianship. Bonkers and brilliant, I will definitely be back for more!