Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Caves, Peter Bruntnell, Douglas E Powell, The North Devon Festival, Lilicos, Barnstaple, 15th June

We would like to thank Peter Bruntnell and the organizers of The North Devon Fringe Festival for putting on such a fantastic show last night, 15th June at Lilicos, Barnstaple.

You are always at risk when you are the resident performer to easily fall into the trap of going through the same old motions each week. But Peter, although choosing to play solely songs from his latest album Peter and The Murder of Crows, seems not to fall into this category. Each week his performance has been, as ever, compelling. Standout tune, Cold Water Swimmer.

Douglas E Powell's performance, to an unusually quiet but responsive audience, was delivered with a unique style and precise delivery. The audience was treated to three new and as yet unrecorded songs, Hawks and Larks, Muncaster Fell and Penny Lies. Standout tune, Muncaster Fell. Douglas will be recording some new material this summer as well as playing shows both home and away, with a return to Lilicos on the 25th June to play a full solo acoustic set with support from Americana lounge DJs, Matt and Sean.

At last years festival, the cellar restaurant at Lilicos, played host to an acoustic performance from Dai and Steve from Swansea band The Caves. This year they returned in full strength with band to give the audience a dose of their own brand of Welsh power pop. With precise and immaculately delivered three part harmonies and easily remembered hooks. Standout tune, Asleep on the Autobahn. They tell me that they will be in the studio this summer recording a new album. We eagerly anticipate it's arrival.

This part of The North Devon Fringe Festival has its finale next week on the 22nd June when Lilicos plays host to Otis Gibbs from Wanamaker, Indiana, Peter Bruntnell and Chris Millington.

We hope to see you there.


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