Hare and Hounds,Kings Heath
@Tiggerlion introduced me to Zara McFarlane with his championing of her most recent album Arise. It is fair to say that said album got way more than the statutory 6 plays in my house and so I was excited to hear she was playing in Birmingham. Tuesday night was bitterly cold and it would have been easy to stay in the house. Thankfully I made the effort and was rewarded with an incendiary show. As good as her recorded voice is there were moments in this show where I was frankly blown away. For instance during Feed the Spirit a song from her first album there was a sparring match between her scat vocals and the drums/double bass – her voice miming a sax and adding ululations of the African tribal singers. You had to be there to experience it but I don’t think I have ever heard the human voice used in this way – it was breathtaking. We also got an extended Police and Thieves, Fisherman which is a Congos cover and Fussin and Fighting also extended. Throughout there was a myriad of influences obviously the Reggae » Continue Reading.