Featuring Bridie Jackson and The Arbour
Helmsley Arts Centre
|Bridie Jackson and The Arbour|
Once through the storm, we were in for a musical treat. Helmsley Uncorked was to have featured three different acts, but unfortunately poet Rommi Smith was unable to attend due to illness. On the plus side, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour stepped in to fill the gap, doubling their intended performance time.
They played two half-hour sets with a break in between. They have been touring hard this year, partly to promote the wonderful CD Bitter Lullabies. Every time I see them live they seem to be an even tighter unit and the trademark harmonies a little more spellbinding.
Songs of alienation, broken relationships and other dark subjects were briefly punctuated by the optimistic, upbeat Advice at the start of part 2.
We Talked Again
|Singing with feeling|
Mucky (complete with audience participation encouragement.)
Bluesman Dave Smith played a very accomplished set, with songs ranging from classic Robert Johnson material up to the present day, with Dave's own compositions.
Em Whitfield Brooks (Artistic Director for the Arts Centre) sang a well-received song of her own - unaccompanied - prior to announcing the start of the Bridie's second set.
|Em Whitfield Brooks|
|Not a football in sight|
Advice ('...and here endeth the happy songs. It's all a big sobfest from now on.')
Prolong (the first live outing of this early Bridie classic for '...about three years'.)
|No more happy songs!|
Promises Are Broken
|Harmonies so strong one can almost hear them from the photo|
All You Love Is All You Are
|The end of a wonderful evening|
Head for the official website for further details about Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, including tour dates.