The Music House Acoustic(ish) Session, with Stromm, Moxy Gerbanzo, Emily Winng, Phantom Limb, and Takeda at Jurnets Bar, Norwich, 13 December 2013, review and photos.
This week’s session at the gorgeous Jurnets Bar featured an especially strong line-up hand-picked and curated by the excellent Andrew Taylor.
Jurnets was packed this week, not surprisingly, and to open proceedings we had the pleasure of hearing Takeda play. Soundchecking to some Neil Young, to Andrew’s obvious pleasure, Takeda played some exquisite and intricate guitar, effortlessly and beautifully, even re-tuning strings mid-song without breaking stride. The songs had a haunting quality and it was a pleasure to watch him perform this varied set, which did indeed include a Neil Young cover and an Indian piece.
Emily Winng – also of The Sargasso Trio – was an artist I was especially looking forward to hearing perform. Speaking with her earlier it was clear she was really struggling with the flu bug, which I can totally empathise with as I am only just recovering from this myself. Undeterred the gig was still to go ahead in the form of a kind of supergroup with Iain Lowery on guitar and Maria (Girl in a Thunderbolt) also joining on vocals. Emily herself played guitar and occasional bin drum! She explained that she is married to a drummer and they have about six drum kits in the house but here she is playing a bin! Emily didn’t let her flu affect her performance which was totally engaging, witty and wonderful. I’d like to see this trio perform together again, they work well as a unit, the songs are superb, and of course Emily’s voice is something very special and powerful.
Next on the evening’s bill was Discharge Lounge talented (and well-named) offshoot Phantom Limb. Performing instrumentals on acoustic guitar these pieces had an altogether more jazzy feel.
For the second time this week I was lucky enough to see Moxy Gerbanzo, who really wowed the audience here, the acoustics lending itself well to their Balkan, Eastern European songs. Something just clicks when these guys play together and it was felt by all.
Rounding up the evening was Stromm, tonight playing as a full band but sadly bassist Dan’s last gig with them. I shall miss his easy and relaxed – almost languid – presence on the stage, he always seems to be sitting on a monitor or leaning against a wall but his style is perfect for the band, alongside the excellent drummer Stuart. Claire and Ross presented a new song this evening – Iceland – alongside some other set regulars including my personal favourite of the moment “Smoking”.
Congratulations to all the performers for great sets and also to Andrew for hosting a marvellous evening showcasing the amazing talent we have in Norwich at this time.
The Music House Acoustic Session at Jurnets Bar, Norwich is a treasure trove of musical wonderment. Intimate live music in 900 year old undercroft.
Wearer of only the finest Peruvian moccasins; Andrew Taylor hosts this weeks beatiful live music session.
Emily Winng (of Sargasso Trio), Stromm (performing as a band), Music From The Phantom Limb (featuring members of the fabulous Discharge Lounge), Moxy Gerban and Takeda are your performers and what a truly stunning line up they are.
All photos (c) all rights reserved by richard shashamane 2013