Folkspot Radio Presents An Evening with Swarb. Dave Swarbrick, Said The Maiden, Natalie Lake, Steve O’Kane & Fiona McBain, Andy Wall, Johnny Steinberg & Alex Preece. Great Massingham Village Hall, Norfolk. 12 April 2014
The visit of Dave Swarbrick, known to many for his work with Fairport Convention led to a sellout of 200 or so at Great Massingham’s village hall, which is well suited to live music. He was supported by the very talented Said The Maiden, whilst a further four local acts chosen by Folkstock Arts Foundation provided further musical support. These were Johnny Steinberg & Alex Preece, Andy Wall, Steve O’Kane & Fiona McBain, and Natalie Lake. Johnny and Alex played one number, a very thoughtful and poignant piece relating to WWI, and a couple of numbers each for Andy, Steve & Fiona. Natalie Lake was the final local support act and played a very fine set of three songs which passed all too quickly. She will be performing at the next Grapevine at Bedfords, along with Cara Winter, which I am looking forward to immensely. She will be a revelation in that venue with an attentive and knowledgeable audience, as was the case here tonight.
I had a very interesting little chat with Johnny Steinberg who told me he only picked up a guitar for the first time a few years ago and handed me a copy of his EP which is dedicated to Phillipe Petit of an amazing film I also love, called Man on Wire. The songs on the EP which I am listening to for the first time as I write this are superb, and with an excellent voice too. I will definitely be listening to more of Johnny’s work.
Said The Maiden are a vocal trio playing some traditional folk as well as their own pieces with some extremely fine harmonies.
Dave Swarbrick gave the audience full value entertainment answering questions, telling anecdotes and of course playing some incredible fiddle. He played and talked for a good ninety minutes or so, and his playing was truly amazing at times.
Many thanks to all the artists, Jane Knights, Natalie, Juliet, and David Lake, and to Johnny Steinberg, as well as all at Great Massingham village hall.
photos (c) richard shashamane 2014