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Kate Rusby Band (page 90 )
Drams half glass, certainly no more
Venue Queen's Hall(Venue 72 )
Address South Clark Street
Reviewer Neil Ingram

Kate Rusby is the new voice of English Folksong. That's what the publicity says- is it hype, or is it true? On the basis of the first of her two Queen's Hall concerts, I'd say it's true, the voice is superb, her stage presence is warm and funny and the band play very well behind her. She doesn't rest on her laurels either- there were two new songs in the show- Polly and Cruel- both with lovely tunes, and the audience lapped it up.

Within the main band of 5 musicians there are smaller groups- she started the second half with just John McCusker (fiddle and bouzouki), then brought on Andy Cutting (accordion), and finally the rest of the band- Ian Carr (guitar), Michael McGoldrick (flutes) and Andy Seward (bass). Their music is not really traditional, as much of it is their own compositions and the arrangements are complex in places, but they are strongly from within the tradition itself.

Kate's voice has a rare melodious quality, and is well shown in her singing of ballads and laments. There are not many jolly songs, I think she would admit, but she lets the band play sets of tunes which they do with great style to lighten the mood. The best is left till last- the joyous hymn-like Canaan's Land, and the haunting Who Will Sing Me Lullabies? I think they played a bit too loud for the acoustics of the Queen's Hall, but it's a minor quibble over a great night out.
© Neil Ingram, 20 August 2002 - Published on EdinburghGuide.com
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