Anna Coogan|The Good Years|Natalie Shay|Saturday 10th October 2015

Review and photos by Chris Kyan

Firstly, a big thank you to Chris for saving the day and gaining entry to Anna Coogan’s tour bus where her equipment was accidently locked in!
Now onto Chris’ review:-

Another wonderful night at The Little Rabbit Barn was kicked off by an impressive 16 year old Brit School student, singer songwriter Natalie Shay, supported by Andrew, her Cajon player.


They played a great, up tempo set of original songs that left most of us oldies in state of shock.

How can someone so young be so confident and accomplished? I suspect the answer is natural talent, good coaching, hard work and encouragement. Anyway, it was a pleasure to experience Natalie performing and I hope we will see her again at the barn. One to watch for the future.

A quick stage re set and ‘The Good Years’ took their turn to delight.

David Booth (The Floe, Alone Me) fronts this trio with Andy Trill on guitar and Kilbey (Steven Mears) on the Bass. The Good Years played a fine set of mostly original material from their forthcoming CD release and older solo and band songs. A well performed cover was included, I got you, by Neil Finn, an artist whom David has been inspired from an early age of five back in 1980.


David is also a producer supporting local artists (amongst other things) and is often to be found doing the sound at the LRB.

Tonight he was both performer and sound engineer!

I am looking forward to hearing more from them once the album is complete.

Time for the legendary food break, something that I think is unique to the Little Rabbit Barn, on this scale anyway and all included complimentary. Well done Lyn and the team. You spoil us……..

Tonight’s top of the bill was Anna Coogan, on her third (I Think) visit to LRB. The first resulted in a great Live Album ‘Anna Coogan and Daniele Fiaschi live at the Little Rabbit Barn’, copies of which can be purchased from Anna or the LRB. A must for any music collection, it really captures the feel of the venue and was produced by the aforementioned David Booth.


Tonight Anna pushes the envelope as a solo performer. The acoustic guitar of old was put aside for a Fender Strat and wow! does she know how to ‘touch it’?

Playing without a set list, and taking request from the crowd Anna led us on a musical journey of old and new material. I was mesmerised by her performance, she has the confidence to take risks always looking to move the music beyond the predictable.

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Thank you Anna, that was just great.

Should you get a chance to see any of these artists, consider it a privilege, get out there and support live music.



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