Mari Joyce, Mr. David Viner, Andrew Taylor @ OST, Cinema City Bar, Norwich 23 February 2016
Arriving straight from the George Plunkett Room opening at the Garnet just after 9pm, Andrew Taylor had already started by the time I got here but I don’t think I missed much as I still caught a good half an hour of his set. There was a time when a set from Andrew was something of a rarity but it’s pleasing that he is actively gigging again, either under his own name or as Circus Lounge it’s always a pleasure to hear him sing and play. Gentle and melodic he even included a song he composed just a couple of hours earlier which sounded gorgeous. I was pleased he included People Don’t Wave at Trains Anymore and a sumptuous cover of Norwegian Wood. There is another opportunity to catch him at Grapevine at Bedfords next week, with one of my favourites, Fred’s House from Cambridge (who also played Norwegian Wood the first time I saw them).
I saw Mr. David Viner only a week or so ago, with Rope Store at NAC but it was here at OST that I first heard him on a memorable Tuesday night some months back. His style of delivery is quite unique, the songs vividly descriptive and sometimes played in an upbeat, jovial way are often very dark indeed but so compelling with plenty of light too. Great guitar playing and I just love the lyrics.
The light and dark of Mr. David Viner
Mari Joyce is another who didn’t seem to be playing as often as my appetite for her music would have wished but that too has changed and I was blessed to be seeing her for the second time this year already. I always feel the Cinema City Bar suits the band’s sound well and we talked about this afterwards, coming to the conclusion that the wooded flooring and beams combined with the cello, violin, cajon and acoustic guitar created a lovely natural harmony and a rich, warm sound. The addition of Johanna to the line up has also created beautiful harmonies and I think the band sound their best yet. There is another chance to catch them play tomorrow (Thursday 25th) at The Birdcage with True Adventures, Tristan McKelvey, and William Smith for the recently revived Bare Feet Records “Fresh Blood” night.
The Mari Joyce band
Many thanks to Mari Joyce, Mr. David Viner, Andrew Taylor, and OST.
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