Kindred Spirit [Folk-Rock, 5 piece]
Well, I felt I needed to put this in writing, not just for the wonderful entertainment but also the superb professional approach I observed. The music started after a brief warm-up with various cover versions we have all heard before but not with a flute! I remember clearly the Eagles - Hotel California sung so wonderfully by Elaine, Annie joining in with singing also playing the flute, such energy, I have trouble running for a bus sometimes! I noticed only a few words from Elaine between tunes and the sound was good in the pub on a wet and windy Sunday afternoon. The music kept flowing and I noticed customers' lips moving to Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here! Just how does Annie produce all that energy? An internal relief valve would be needed by me.
Annie made a switch to Sax from Flute, bang crash a transmitter clipped to her deep sea divers belt around her waist crashed to the floor, they both looked down as if an unwelcome pet had arrived! If this had happened to me I would need a dose of the Vapours to steady my nerves but no, Annie dropped to the floor like a snake and slid under the billiard table to retrieve the item, all clipped back into play and a loud note from the Sax said all was well again, so professional, forget the vapours I ordered another beer! The sound in the pub I thought was great with such effortless playing from both of them made it a moment to remember. California Dreaming sounded great to me but sometimes they brought in some their tunes such as Spiders Web!
Congratulations Kindred Spirit for such wonderful entertainment also to Lemonrock for the promotion. I look forward to the next dose!
Jim WilsherMonday 30 November 2009
This really made me laugh! Thanks Jim!
I stumbled across Kindred Spirit playing as a duo (Vocals/guitar/flute/sax) in a half empty village pub in Beech Hill and was so impressed I simply have to recommend them to the lemonrock world, if they are playing anywhere near you then make the effort to see them.
It was an excellent show, some great covers (Coldplay 'In my Place', Mamas & Papas 'California Dreaming' and Kaiser Chiefs 'Ruby' stood out to me) played and sung well by Elaine in a down to earth, honest acoustic/folky way with a little bit of rather good original material nicely woven into the set. However, what really made this special to me was inspired playing (not to mention harmonies) from Annie on the Flute/Sax. Annie plays SO well, pouring passion, energy and originality into each song, fabulous fabulous!
Least said about the Tambourine the better.
It's a while since I watched a band that really made me smile, I look forward to seeing the full line up at some point.
A music fanSaturday 21 November 2009
The Crosses Corner is a fairly long and thin pub wrapped around a corner (hence the name, I guess). This meant that even with just a two person lineup, the musicians were crammed into an alcove. It also didn't help that some of the pub's clientele were only there to watch the football match on the big screen before and preferred to loudly debate that than listen to the music. They quietened down though once the gig got going.
The duo were Elaine on rhythm guitar and vocals and Annie on lead wind (switching between flute, saxophone and whistle according to the song) and backing vocals. The combination worked pretty well. The backing vocals were proper harmonies not just oohs and aahs. Plus having a flute playing lead (and bursting into wild solos like the lead guitarist from a rock band) is a refreshing change.
The set consisted mostly of covers with one or two original songs and a couple of folk tunes mixed in. The covers ranged from classics by Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan through to more modern fayre by David Gray and The Corrs. A particularly good rendition California Dreaming stands out (played on alto flute as apparently was the original). A few clap along songs were included too, one being a traditional Irish reel type song that got so fast by the last few loops that the audience was having trouble keeping up with the performers! And although the pub was far too narrow and crowded with bench tables, one couple did manage to dance away to one of the last numbers.
In all, a good evening's entertainment. Good music played well and by a much more interesting lineup than your average guitar/drum pub band. Well worth a listen.
JohnSunday 18 January 2009