The second of the week’s birthday gigs for Shane O’Linski was an enticing line-up at the beloved Cactus Cafe Bar, a more acoustic-based Thursday night OosWolf with a few of Shane’s favourites playing. It was great to have another chance to hear Dark Diversions, on this occasion playing two deliciously dark Nick Cave covers. Jonathan Cocker and Jay Ducker both played some heartfelt sensitive tracks and I had no hesitation in picking up a vinyl copy of Jay’s new album Country Sober. His live performance of the Angel of Montgomery cover was sublime.
Yve, as always, enchanted the entire room and was joined for a few songs by Adrian Howes on harmonica. Andrea King too is always guaranteed to transfix a room with her beautiful songs and gently expressive tones. Andrea is a great talent with a fantastic, warm voice and treated us to a few of her new songs. She was joined on cajon, which was sensitively played, before she briefly made way for an enchancting solo on hang drum.
It’s only a few weeks ago since I first came across Of the Clay and have already seen them three times. On that first occasion we had an unwelcome drunken intruder from next door’s event spilling out but they defiantly played on and won huge admiration from me and everyone for their remarkable calm stoicism as well as their tremendous playing. This time it was a treat to hear the same song played without intruders. This duo are massively impressive, I really love them and can’t wait to hear them again. They have rapidly made themselves big favourites of mine with their magical performances featuring guitar, fiddle, and even a shruti box. They have a new folk night starting on 17 May at Jurnets.
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