Thanks to Chris Kyan for the great review:
Some fantastic pictures posted on Facebook from the lenses of Andy Sheard and Chris Kyan: High quality videos from this evening and all LRB evenings posted on our You Tube channel.
Well, that’s it for 2015 gigs at The Little Rabbit Barn; this was the finale to what has been a spectacular year.
And what a finale? On a wet and stormy night the barn was packed with supporters who were greeted on arrival to a seasonal mulled wine which was just the start of the goodness to come.
First up; the force of nature that is Tallulah Rendall who opened the 2015 season for us back on 28th February, exactly nine months earlier. (That seems so long ago now). She makes a very welcome return playing another fine set using the LRB as a fresh canvas on which to paint her musical art. Featuring songs from her not yet recorded new album, (wanting to play them in with a live audience) and older favourites.
Tallulah is also actively supporting ‘Save The Children’ and performed a moving song she wrote especially for the campaign, “We don’t want War” inspired by recent tragedies amongst the many refugees in the world. Up to the night she had already raised nearly £2000.00 for the charity and LRB guests added a further £166. She is a lady of action.
Look out for her on tour as she is an extraordinary talented, independent and an uniquely original artist. Thank you Tallulah that was something else…..
A short break to clear the stage and we were blessed with another return visitor to the LRB, Lauren Housley accompanied by Thomas Dibb on Piano (although normally guitarist) ‘I just had a piano vibe tonight’ he explained to me later.
Lauren and Thomas have just played the Bluesfest at the O2 alongside the likes of Tom Jones and Van Morrison, amongst others and so regaled us with stories from the road in between a superb set taken from their new album ‘Sweet Surrender’. “We are going to play them as we wrote them” explained Lauren who normally is supported by a 6 piece band. Perhaps next time she will bring the whole band along, here hoping.
Lauren has been on the BBC Radio 2 playlist for some time and seeing her perform you can easily understand why. She was just superb and I look forward to seeing her play again in the New Year.
We had to rush at the food break tonight as there was so much great music to fit in, but needless to say Lyn and her team came up trumps again in some truly appalling weather conditions.
The final act tonight and for the year was Sean Taylor (a long standing LRB favourite) who after a couple of numbers played solo invited his guests to the stage and introduced them to the audience. On violin, Hanna Piranha violin and on percussion, cahon and bendir, Paulina Szczepan.
Sean is a Bluesman who has played with the best, but like all true artists, he puts a spin on things in a way you wouldn’t expect. ‘Bluesing up’ Heartbreak Hotel for instance after immersing himself in early Elvis Presley recordings for inspiration.
The addition of Violin to the blues was really was something special and exciting to experience. Sean also played tracks from his fine new album ‘The Only Good Addiction Is Love’ alongside old favourites. The performance was flawless and they finished to a well deserved standing ovation with just enough time for an encore.
Live music just doesn’t get better than this. World class musicians performing in an intimate environment to an appreciative audience through a first class sound system.
Thanks must go to Simon and James for their work in making the the sound so right.
All that’s left for me to say is that 2016 is already shaping up to be an amazing year at LRB as there are more superb artistes booked for music evenings next year. Can’t wait.