Hannah Aldridge, The Black Feathers, Broken Windows Scottish Tour 2016 The Voodoo Rooms Wednesday 19th October

SCARY BISCUITS PROMOTIONS PRESENTS

HANNAH ALDRIDGE

THE BLACK FEATHERS

BROKEN WINDOWS

Hannah Aldridge makes her welcome return to Edinburgh and the Voodoo Rooms (her last visit was in June this year), heading a three band night of music

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BROKEN WINDOWS

Opening tonight’s show for Edinburgh only, new local band “Broken Windows”.   Featuring the original music of singer Liz Jones, the band have a wealth of music and performance experience behind them  from percussionist Suzy Cargill, Shameless drummer (and sometime photographer) Marc Marnie, Blues ‘n’ Trouble bassist Rod Kennard and guitar maestro John Bruce.
With the very bluesy voice of Liz up front and songs showing the blues, rock, folk and soul influences of the individual band members being fused into a tight distinctive sound that I hope we hear a lot more of in the months and years to come...in fact with songs like “Lover”  and “Strum” in their set showing the strength of their song writing abilities Broken Windows might not stay a “local” band for too long.

Review by Tom King

 

THE BLACK FEATHERS

Accompanying Hannah Aldridge on the Scottish leg of her tour are The Black Feathers  who are husband and wife singer songwriters Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler from Gloucestershire.   Ray and Sian are gifted songwriters who have a style that blends somewhere between classic English folk and Classic Americana Country (some of these songs were written in a cabin in the American wilderness) that is unique to them and their close vocal harmonies.  There is at times an almost spiritual fragility to their songs and my favourite from tonight’s set – “Holy Water”...a song that highlights not only their song writing abilities but also their vocal abilities.

Review by Tom King

 

HANNAH ALDRIDGE

 

Hannah Aldridge as last time here was just enjoying  being with her audience,  and bringing her own unique flavour to those classic Muscle Shoals Alabama sounds that she has been immersed in since childhood.


Hannah is a songwriter who often seems to balance precariously on the edge between light and much darker emotional songs and subjects, so it is fitting that some of tonight’s songs come from her well received “Razor Wire” album.  Songs from here in this set include “Parchman” and its dark and sadly true story of a woman on death row in Parchman prison for the killing of her violently abusive husband...should this woman be getting the mandatory death by lethal injection for defending herself?  Other songs including “Lie Like You Love Me”, “Old Ghost” and “Black and White” show Hannah to be not only a songwriter of huge talent, but one who draws upon her own personal experiences (bad and good) to write much of the time, and in that process exposes to her audience a level of her own inner person that many of us would be afraid to do.


There were also new songs here from the soon to be released “Gold Rush” album, and if songs like the title track and “Lace” are indications of what is to come, then this album is on my buy list.


Our musical package was brought  together by Edinburgh promoters “Scary Biscuits Promotions” . Promoters are so often overlooked in their roles of bringing us live music that I felt a little mention was needed here.

Review by Tom King

 

 

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