Serious Sam Barrett, and Yve Mary B at The Plasterers, Norwich, 19 January 2014. Photos and review.
It was a totally unexpected but most welcome surprise to discover that so soon after his appearance at the NAC with Feral Mouth that Serious Sam Barrett was coming back to Norwich at the invitation of Yve to the Plasterers, and a great chance to hear an extended set by him in the cosy and intimate setting of this marvellous pub.
Although I have known of Yve for a while I had always missed the chances to hear a full set by her, so it was an added bonus to have her opening and “warming up” tonight. I think her voice is so, so sweet and a joy to hear, and I really enjoyed her set, which was mostly originals but with the odd cover by the likes of Dylan thrown in. She couldn’t and did not go wrong, the crowd loved her.
Almost unnoticed she stepped back to the mic and did a sumptuous solo acapella number whilst Sam was between sets. It was enough to stop me in my tracks mid-conversation and try and catch a few moments of it on video. Beautiful voice.
Sam is something of a regular in Norwich and has a loyal following. Jape said to me this evening “I enjoy listening to his songs as much as I do some of the all time greats, there’s really not a lot of difference in standard – except he’s doing it right now!” This is spot on – a real nail on the head quotation. Sam is very unassuming and modest but supremely talented, playing a few covers including The Carter Family but mainly playing his own stuff which ranged in style from country, blues, bluegrass, mountain songs and waltzes it was really a treat, especially hearing it in a small venue like this. People walking by were randomly saying things about the awe on which they felt, one going so far as to say “Has there ever been a more talented guitarist playing in a Norwich pub”!
Thanks to Yve for bringing him back, Sam himself for once again driving down, and The Plasterers for hosting the event.
words and photos, richard shashamane 2014