29 May 2012

Angelicats Live@Newport

Another fabulous night of music at the Newport Bowls Club. 

The show kicked off with singer/songwriter Rose Eden, performing her first local gig.  Rose, who hails from Cairns via Brisbane, took us on a world tour of places she’s been that have inspired her to write her songs.  She sings passionately and writes insightfully about the cultures and experiences she has encountered, accompanying herself on guitar and uke.  Rose will be appearing at the Festival in July – keep an eye (and ear) out for her. 

After a short break and the sorting of some technical issues by our unflappable mixer, Alan (DI-why?) Davies, the Angelicats took to (well, overtook really) the stage.  Formed from some members of local a capella choir Willin Wimmin, together with other friends, the ‘cats have been treading the local tiles for a while now, and have built up a large and varied repertoire of songs ranging from folk to jazz to soul, to the Beatles ! 

Chris Phillips, their expressive and accomplished lead singer, was joined by Laura Sheridan (cello), sisters Fran (guitar) and Mary Callahan (banjo) and Lyn Dudley (percussion) with harmonies that warmed the whole room.  The instrument line up complemented the singing beautifully, and allowed for some imaginative and creative arrangements.  The ‘cats had us all singing heartily by the end of the night, and the encore was inevitable.  Go ‘cats !!!

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