My family and I had the pleasure of being entertained by Gray Smith and Claire-Marie Conlin at The George, Vernham Dean.
First off, I was really impressed with the balance of sound they achieved. I was always able to hear both the guitar and the voice, in perfect harmony, which is not the easiest thing to achieve, so bravo!
They performed a mix of material, from original to covers. I am normally a puritan when it comes to covers, however, I was surprised when I heard ‘All Along the Watchtower’, an original by Bob Dylan and famously covered by Jimi Hendrix. It took me a minute to recognise it, as the minor chord took centre stage above the moving base line, but as the song moved into the chorus, the chords expanded and the whole song lifted. It was subtle, quirky, but amazingly enjoyable to listen to.
They performed Lisa Loeb’s ‘Stay’ with the same delicacy as the original, which, as a puritan – did I mention that? – was a real treat.
His voice is honest, cutting and gravelly, while her voice delivers the soulful and heavenly depth, to make this duet one to watch!
Along with some interesting, upbeat and downbeat originals, it was a great combination and, along with some cracking harmonies, my ears had a great time.
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