My friend Cormac ‘Wizard of Sound (and Vision)’ O’Kane invited eight-piece Nordic bluegrass orchestra Hayde (pronounced ‘hide’, apparently) to perform live in the kitchen/social area of his studio premises in Belfast last night – filmed before an invited audience and streamed live on his Facebook account. It was fantastic!
The lead vocalist, Rebekka, is world-class to my mind, as is the (guesting, not a regular member) jazzish banjoist Mikael. But the real USP, I think, is the ensemble playing and arrangements – not the usual case of speeding through the song then everyone exchanging virtuoso solos, but real ‘arrangements’, with particularly interesting four-part vocal harmonies and the unusual (successful) involvement of an accordion. Front man Jo is very funny. It all helps.
The only downside was the lack of songs about Vikings – not a single ‘Longship Mountain Boys’ or ‘Foggy Fjord Breakdown’ to be seen. And not a single song in Norwegian! Apparently NOBODY sings songs in Norwegian…
The show starts around 32 minutes in (bypass the comedy warm-up).