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Limelight, Crewe 16 October 2008
'live' is - sadly - a very rare commodity these days. The band have made a
couple of exquisite albums but still remain a best kept secret for all
except the growing faithful who have happily discovered their music in
The audience at the Limelight was enthralled by the band's mesmerising
set, drawn from their output over the years. So we
had 'Mermaid Kiss' from the debut album mixed with a couple of new tracks
including 'Ghost Riders', and several more from 'Etarlis' including
'Walking With Ghosts' and 'Shadow Girl'. (There's a full set-list in
With mainstay Andy Garman
otherwise engaged, and therefore a gap in the keyboards and drums
department, Mermaid Kiss are not quite adrift. Happily, Colin Henney answered the band's call and on only his
second try-out provided some excellent empathic synth textures to what
was basically an acoustic set.
With Jamie Field taking an essential but supportive role on acoustic
guitar, and Richard Northwood making the bass anchor his own, the focus is
very much on vocalist Evelyn Downing and woodwind player Wendy Marks.
Wendy showed great versatility on a variety of woodwind instruments,
adding a classical and ethereal quality to the songs, as well as vocal
Evelyn was on good form too, with occasional flute but excelling vocally
on the previously unreleased 'Circles Of Fire'. Jamie told me this is an
early piece that's never seen the light of day on album but it certainly
demands some further consideration for the future.
Beguiling and bewitching. That's Mermaid Kiss. Once you are locked in to
those engaging melodies - and that passionate vocal delivery - there is
really no turning back.
Musically, I think the band could go in a couple of directions at the
moment. If they stay semi-acoustic I am sure they could pursue a
successful sub-folk-arts centre-to-jazz club path.
However, slightly cranked up - with a sympathetic but emotionally charged
electric guitarist and a hip new drummer - I think they would rightfully
re-assert their place in the pantheon of current melodic to prog bands
worth going out for, and possibly eclipse the lot of them.
Review by David Randall
Rising Stars Podcast
Jamie Field's Journal
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