On Thursday night I played live for the first time in a while in Four Bars in Cardiff with Ffrinj Caerdydd. I was only playing one song, a version of the Byrds’ Bells of Rhymney. It was great fun playing live again, however briefly, especially as I’ve just started blogging on gigs. It’s good to remember that everyone’s a critic, and there’s also that adage of music critics being failed musicians. Sounds about right!
After I massacred that song, the memory was quickly banished by the Reardon Smith Lecture, who played a great set. They were really tight, with some pretty lush harmonies. I was quietly suspicious about the bass but no drums scenario, but the bass softly accentuated the rhythms a treat. They somehow managed to make As the World Falls Down from the Labyrinth soundtrack into a decent folk song (although I think we were all hoping for Dance Magic Dance – the true classic).
Definitely worth keeping tabs on what these guys are doing. It’s also well worth heading to the next Ffrinj Caerdydd event (which is upstairs at Dempsey’s), as there was a lovely atmosphere there, and a very intimate gigging experience. Lovely stuff!