Craig Hill’s Tilting Sky returned with this full line up in a packed out Norwich Arts Centre. The stage was beautifully set and the night opened with a short but lovely solo set from Lisa Redford who is currently recording at Jose McGill’s studio with contributions from Mark Boweevil Howes and Noel Dashwood. Hopefully there will be a launch show to accompany it. She said she was struggling a bit with a cold but still sounded good to my ears.
Her set was quickly followed by a new name on me, a blues rock outfit from Cambridge called Sweet Crisis. I didn’t catch too much of their set but they seemed to be well-received by the Norwich crowd.
The music kept on coming and after another quick turnaround it was time for Turf Club Racebook, a six-piece line-up featuring Graham on vocals and resonator guitar, Chase on upright bass, Jess on violin and Mary, Tory and Luke from Hot Raisin on guitars and mandolin. They are in the process of recording an album and there’s a taster available for free download, the excellent Well, Yeah.
The NAC certainly felt busy, full and bustling and by the time Morganway were about to come on there weren’t too many spots available near the front and the atmosphere was really building. This was my first opportunity to see the new seven-piece line-up. It still feels a little weird hearing some of the older songs and not seeing Yve but they still sound slick and professional with their trademark big sound. Great songs are great songs and they are all excellent musicians with some super harmonies. A well-delivered and triumphant Norwich return.
+ The Turf Club Racebook + Sweet Crisis
£11.50 adv | £13.50 door (includes admin fee)
Following their sell-out gig last year at the NAC, we’re delighted to welcome back Morganway, after a hugely successful summer that’s seen the band gathering momentum and fans (who include the legendry whispering Bob Harris). Opening the Cambridge Folk Festival Stage 2, a barnstorming set at Buckle & Boots, two nominations for the British Country Music Awards (Group of the Year and Entertainer of the Year) … plus, recording their debut album which is due for release in early 2019. 2018 has been a hell of a year for this East Anglian-based seven-piece, so grab your tickets and catch their brilliant live act (did we mention that Stradisphere Festival voted them best live act?)
Morganway delivers a fiery fusion of Americana, country, rock and blues, melding five part harmonies with driving riffs. The band features twin brothers Callum (vocals/guitar) and Kieran Morgan (lead guitar), SJ Mortimer (vocals), Nicole Terry (fiddle), Matthew Brocklehurst (keys), Rory Hill (bass) and Ed Bullinger (drums).
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