HOLLAND - CORNISH ARMS - 10 DECEMBER 2004
Holland with Band - Cornish Arms - 10 December 2004
opened with a set from Perth singer Nathan Gaunt. Gaunt is a consummate
guitarist and has a remarkably individual voice rather reminiscent of
Tim Buckley. He performed several songs, mostly of his own composition
including an incredible Indian influenced instrumental piece.
what was to be a night of unusual performances.
Holland live at Cornish Arms
Holland was accompanied by her band in the persons of Brian Miller
on electric guitar and Dave Mihaly on percussion. A veritable giant,
Dave Mihaly tapped drums, tinkled bells, chimed, clanged and rattled
a tambourine, creating atmospheric effects in tandem with the creative
guitar playing of Brian Miller and Jolie's guitar and violin.
threesome created amazing music, embracing jazz, folk, blues and
country, though not in the least in conventional forms. It was weird
and wonderful and quite otherworldly.
performance was strange and uncanny. Her voice is ethereal yet powerful
and has echoes of Billie Holliday in it. She describes her music as 'new
time, old time, spooky American fairy tales'.
in the shadows and alternately played acoustic guitar and violin. She
whistled on occasions - and sang her songs in her peculiar style, slurring
and drawing out the words which required careful listening to distinguish
the meaning. One can see how her style influenced The Be Good Tanyas who
have a similar intonation.
performed songs from her two albums Catalpa and Escondida
as well as covers of other people's songs including those of Michael
Highlights included "Alley Flowers" which had a mediaeval
feel to it, "Wandering Angus", an arrangement of a poem
by Irish poet William Butler Yeats, "Old Fashioned Morphine",
Jolie's take on the old hymn "Give Me that Old Fashioned Religion",
"The Littlest Birds" and the stark traditional ballad
it was difficult to understand the words she was singing, this was
mostly due to the sound system at the Cornish Arms. She was perfectly
understandable at The Basement Discs the next day.
was often deliberately at odds with the vocal performance though not dissonant.
The arrangements were unusual but very atmospheric. It was a curiously
satisfying and engaging evening's entertainment.
Review by Anne Sydenham 2004
Photos by David Trembath 2004
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