Wed 3 Sep – Sons of Noel and Adrian, Stanton Delaplane, Blacklands (Al Murphy)
Real serendipity from last.fm here. Wednesday evening I play football. It's that simple, and there's no question about it. Unfortunately, and inexplicably, many of the best gigs in London are also on a Wednesday night.
This week though, the hall was shut. Couldn't play football, but it also seemed to be the one Wednesday with no decent gigs either...
So, Tuesday night, late, I'm listening to the music like Woodpigeon
station. Because they're playing at the Luminaire on Saturday, I'm out of town, the Luminaire mailout's blurb sounds interesting, and I want to know what I'm missing. (And I like what I hear of Woodpigeon too). But anyway, an hour or so down the line, a pretty decent track comes on by Sons of Noel and Adrian. Who are utterly unfamiliar to me. Their artist page tells me they are playing at a pub 2km away the next night. So what the hell - I round up a friend, and check it out...
and blimey - they are very very good. 11 people on a small stage. Drums/percussion, cello. violin, flute, clarinet, trumpet, bass guitar, guitar/vocal x 2, banjo/mandolin, accordion. Many of them sing at various times. Obvious sonic comparisons with Sufjan Stevens
. A Will Oldham
cover. The songs aren't catchy, but they're gripping. Reminds me of seeing Lullaby For The Working Class
in the mid 90s - more people than feasibly fit on stage, a feeling of coming across something wonderful by pure chance, the interplay of a range of interesting instruments - but each only when it has something to say.
Two decent supports too. And the first gig I've ever been to with cupcakes on sale at the door.