St. Georges, Bristol
What a very special evening! Entrancing from the first number to the rousing encores.
We witnessed a perfectly judged sequence of songs and instrumentals conjuring up all aspects, secular and religious, of this profoundly felt time of year, as the planet begins to turn us once more towards the warming days of the next year.
The night was magical, reflective, human, spiritual and deeply rooted in the natural world of music, people, and the world in which we all have to rub along somehow; a real morale booster in troubled times.
If you want to hear most of what we were treated to last night, you can buy their album ‘Upon A Winter’s Night’, which will warm your very cockles. Alternatively, if you are very lucky, there are a small number of gigs left on this tour – so get yourself there if you can; it’s a real cracker.
The usual crowd at St. Georges, liberally sprinkled with Cara & Sam’s fans of course. Sold out, I’d say, with only a few empty seats – the foul weather or other circumstances had left only a couple of gaps in the crowd. The standing ovation at the end of the performance bore witness to the quality of what the unfortunate absentees had missed.
It made me think..
What joy can be conjured by just five talented musicians and their three charming young apprentices. Sam & Cara’s kids were on stage too; they only live twenty or so miles away and had been given a late pass to contribute whistle and fiddle and sing backing vocals on several numbers, not to mention enthusiastic dancing when Sam and the boys really let rip on a couple of stirring instrumentals.