Catherine Maclellan | Dexeter | Worry Dolls | Saturday 16th April 2016

Review by Chris Kyan

Ready set

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Little Rabbit Barn has been a musical journey for me over recent years and I am never disappointed with the quality of the many new artists I’ve discovered that were not previously on my radar.  I come along often with little prior knowledge. The first hearing is live! and what better place to do this than Live @ Little Rabbit Barn.

This was the case for some of tonight’s artists, but it’s always great to see old friends return too.

Worry Dolls

Well sadly due to illness we only had one Worry Doll as Zoe was too ill to make the journey. We wish her well and  know she was bitterly disappointed to miss the show.

Step up Rosie Jones and what a fine solo performance she delivered.

Playing fine guitar and harmonica in her ‘Dollywood hat’ she charmed the packed house with tales from their recent trip to Nashville to record the Worry Dolls upcoming album.

Rosie from the Worry Dolls

We learned that “God Bless Your Heart” is a term of endearment in Nashville but “Bless your Heart” means ‘you’re an idiot’. That’s all you need to write a song though!

Rosie also sang a fine cover of Lori Mckenna’s  Humble and Kind. Spellbinding!

Someone from the audience asked Rosie if Zoe was better? That’s an awkward question? Came the reply, until she realised the question was regarding Zoe’s health and not her talent. We all enjoyed this fine interactive performance and I look forward to seeing both Worry Dolls play together soon…

Rosie also had the added bonus of a cuddle with the house Bunny which we think put her in great form for the unplanned solo slot.

Dexeter

Next up and thoroughly testing the new Mackie subwoofers for a first time.

Simon Allen had spent all afternoon tuning the sound system for tonight and future performances.

Well he did a great job as it allowed Dexeter to shine on what was, for them, a reigned in performance. Needless to say, they rocked the Little Rabbit Barn. Who knew we could all sing so well too.

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Some truths about the Worry Dolls trip to Nashville came out though as Dexeter were there too, I’ll not give anything away here though.

As well as playing their great up tempo material Dexeter did a fine version of Lady Antebellum’s 747.

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That ended just too soon, but time flys when you’re having fun. The food was hot and ready (Thanks Lyn) Time to mingle and enjoy.

Regular attendee’s will vouch the truth regarding Lyn and her team and their ability to feed the guests hungry now for more than just great music. I see it happen but have know idea how they do it. The eighth wonder of the world perhaps?

Catherine Maclellan

What can I say other than…. You know when your in the presence of someone special and Catherine Maclellan is just that. With the odd Juno, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy in her award’s cabinet she is a special talent.

Catherine flew in the night before especially to play LRB, it’s the only UK date during her solo tour of Europe.

We all feel a rather special.

Playing a set of mostly new materiel she enchanted us with gentle meaningful songs. “My only happy song is a blues” she remarked although we were all singing along to a song about her grandmother who would smoke, drink, play cards and go curling. What a tribute to a great lady.

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Later we sang along to Big yellow taxi before she played Frost in the Hollows as an encore for Jonathan.

That was amazing and made all the problems we encountered setting up in ‘monsoon’ conditions worth the huge effort.

We have never had so much rain fall during setup of the LRB before, and sometimes you question yourself as to why we do this, why so much effort? But tonight’s show firmly answered that question. The love of Great Music!

We have so many great artists come and play LRB as regular attendee’s will testify, and to see such quality up close in an intimate environment is a privilege beyond price.

Book early for the next show as it promises to be sunny again…….

Editor: Thanks for your from the heart review. I won’t be taking bets on our English summer but we must be due some warmer days ahead.

Next date is Saturday 07th May when we welcome rockin Janet Robin, Don Gallardo and Stevie Jones to LRB

Janet Robin Saturday 07th May 2016. One of the world's finest female guitar players with her band featuring Stevie Jones. Robin joined Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham’s band in support of his 1992 solo album, Out of the Cradle and has played alongside Heart, Meredith Brooks and more. Welcome back! Full details on Gig page

Janet Robin Saturday 07th May 2016. One of the world’s finest female guitar players with her band featuring Stevie Jones. Robin joined Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham’s band in support of his 1992 solo album, Out of the Cradle and has played alongside Heart, Meredith Brooks and more. Welcome back! Full details on Gig page

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