Greenpeace Fair at UEA Nick Rayns LCR, 1 June 2013
This fair was accompanied by a good number of local acoustic acts and a number of arts and crafts stalls, palm readings, tarot, massage, reiki, angel readings and so on.
I arrived at about 13:30 hoping to catch The Sepiatones, and Jack Pout, with the fair starting at 11:00. Unfortunately both Jack Pout, and Trish of the Sepiatones were struck down with sudden illness, but Sepiatone James Maas was able to assemble his other band – Addison’s Uncle – at very short notice, with the excellent Georgia Shackleton on fiddle, who I have spoken about here before after her appearance with Feral Mouth at the recent Festival.
Also appearing today was Matt Watson, fresh from a two hour set in Wymondham that lunchtime. He played a lively and upbeat set but also included his new and excellent protest song, And We Dance.
Following Matt was his daughter Kayleigh, also on his acoustic guitar, performing only her second gig. She played a mixture of covers and original compositions, of which the stand-out song for me was the self-penned song about school bullying which is an excellent and mature, well-written observation on the subject. Clearly this is a talented songwriting family.
I was also able to catch parts of the sets by solo artist Sam Edwards who as I recall played a very nice song about a spider, and the final act, Iceni Rising. An interesting and atmospheric act with a very relaxing and restful vibe, perfect to close the fair with.
Words and photos by richard shashamane