Finest musicians, a fine venue
THE musical family tree of Bristol is so tightly intertwined that some may say it is even incestuous.
The Three Cane Whale and Spiro double-bill at St George's on Friday night was a case in point, with Alex Vann bestriding both bands on his mandolin, Pete Judge of Three Cane Whale also in Get the Blessing, and Jon Hunt of Spiro also in The Wraiths.
Three Cane Whale were up first in this folktastic instrumental evening, which although we are only in January already has the potential to be one of the Bristol gigs of the year.
With a multitude of unusual instruments from the bowed psaltery to the zither, the bouzouki to the dulcitone, there is no band quite like Three Cane Whale.
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Their predominant sound is one of strings mixed with brass, creating short snippets of songs inspired by such topics as alien pods discovered in a disused tube station to two Victorian sisters whose billowing skirts saved them when their father threw them off the Suspension Bridge.
Spiro saw Vann stand up and stick to his mandolin, with he and Jane Harbour on violin and viola providing bursts of creative energy on stage. This is a band signed to Peter Gabriel's Real World label who have toured across the world, so it was a treat to have the foursome back in their home town.
Yellow Notes, a term that Emily Dickinson used to describe sunlight, featured a duelling guitar and mandolin. You could just imagine the first golden rays bursting through the clouds.
Spiro finished with The White Hart, bringing to an end a double- bill of some of Bristol's finest musicians in one of its finest venues.