York’s Little Festival of Live Music at the York Food & Drink Festival, Wednesday, June 25th 2014
First on stage tonight was fledgling singer-songwriter Lizzie Wilson whose bright vocals and fun personality were an ideal opener to the evening’s entertainment in the York Food & Drink Festival Music Marquee in Parliament Street.
Lizzie performs a mixture of covers and original songs – of her covers, she really had fun with Taylor Swift’s We are Never Ever Getting Back Together, and, of the originals, I really enjoyed the one that referenced an old Pikachu toy in the chorus – don’t know the name of this song but perhaps someone could answer on a postcard (…or, failing that, a comment?!)
Over The Yardarm hinted at the end of their set they ‘hoped they had been interesting enough because they do not sing’ – in my humble opinion, yes they definitely were.
A trio, Over The Yardarm perform up-tempo folk songs from the traditional canon – and do so very well. I don’t know if the accordion is a complex instrument to play but it certainly looks it – especially at the speed they were going! They had the audience clapping along with glee!
The next act was very different, but no less enjoyable – Vesper Walk grabbed us from beat one with a strong and atmospheric start.
They had imaginative arrangements and gave pop an operatic twist. Four hands of two sisters combine on one keyboard and sing enchantingly with superb harmony, with some echo-ey cello in the mix too. Several stand out moments: a cover of Fall Out Boy’s My Songs Know What you Did in the Dark and the often-covered but beautiful Skinny Love. With a few tricks up their sleeves this act had real stage presence.
Finally tonight was Pelico, a five-piece band – classic line-up of vocals guitar bass and percussion, with the addition of horn or accordion (though not as fast as Over the Yardarm – phew!) With an original set, apart from one cover, they provided ‘cheery indie’ music – but my favourite was their more reflective Funny How Things Change which mused about a mid-life crisis suffered by an undisclosed member of the band…
Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights still remain an opportunity to experience a bit of al-fresco acoustic pleasure with nearby bar and food-stalls. But if you want some carrot cake from the marquee restaurant go early to avoid disappointment…
It’s free admission but why not put any loose change towards the collection for York Against Cancer charity?
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