Strike The Colours @ Captains Rest 14-11-08

January 20, 2009

STRIKE THE COLOURS
Captains Rest, Glasgow, November 14 * * * *

In the past the intimate confines of the Captains Rest’s basement have made gig-going a distinctly unsatisfying experience. A full house usually means the majority of punters can’t see while sound often deteriorates when the volume gets cranked up to eleven.
Tonight however the tiny room was the perfect location to witness and enjoy a glowing performance from Glasgow indie-folkster Jenny Reeve’s band Strike The Colours.
During the course of their all too brief six-song set multi-instrumentalist Reeve and her interchangeable band put in a thoroughly assured and at times captivating display.
One constant throughout was Reeve’s natural, heart-felt delivery – the gentle anguish in her voice thoroughly convincing particularly on songs like Cat and Train Of Thought. The latter undoubtedly provided the night’s best moment, the song’s simple yet effective riff and meandering nature proving an irresistible combination.
With its more folksy vibe and lullaby quality, River – aptly named given the song’s gentle flow – provoked another rousing reaction from the small but hugely appreciative crowd and ensured Strike The Colours left the stage on a high.

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