“Nelson’s County” album launch, Feral Mouth, Kett’s Hill Gang, Solomon Amos at Norwich Arts Centre, 16 August 2014
Feral Mouth launched their excellent new album Nelson’s County with this wonderful celebratory gig at the Arts Centre, with support from Solomon Amos, and The Kett’s Hill Gang.
Solomon Amos got the evening underway with an enjoyable solo set, playing banjo and acoustic guitar, with tales of living in the woods, delivered with some lovely gentle jokes between songs. I’ve not heard Solomon before but liked his style and will listen out for more too. He sported an excellent African animals print waistcoat too which we almost traded for my shirt in the bar!
I was seeing the Kett’s Hill Gang for the second time, this six piece folk, skiffle, vaudeville blues outfit certainly look the part, and I especially enjoyed the sounds coming from Kel on washboard, cowbells and an array of percussive tools.
Feral Mouth at Harlequin last week were outstanding, and in the week since they have been playing dates around the country promoting the new album and this homecoming gig had a real celebratory feel, the place seemed full and everyone was dancing and singing along. Even Adrian Howes distributed percussion instruments and eggs to the front row … it must have sounded like a nest of vipers for the band! They seemed to play all the favourites, old and new, saving the best ’til the end with stunning versions of Tatters and, my personal highlight, Leaves (video below) which was a superb and visual performance.
There were one on two sound issues and broken strings on the night (hardly suprising playing with such power and energy) but it mattered not a jot. Feral Mouth have come a very long way in the past year or two and they definitely have the feel of a band who have taken things up a level and this was a great occasion to share with them in this fantastic venue. Well done to all involved. Feral Mouth play at 10pm at Folk East tonight (Sunday).
Many thanks to Feral Mouth and Norwich Arts Centre
words and photos, richard shashamane 2014