The Seventeenth Century @ Tut’s 07-06-09

June 14, 2009

King Tut’s, Glasgow, June 7 * * * *

Soon to release their debut EP, The Seventeenth Century are another band to benefit from DF Concerts’ Your Sound initiative. Playing a supporting role tonight, the Glasgow outfit found themselves second on the bill, but that didn’t stop a sizeable crowd from witnessing what was an impressive performance.
The fresh-faced five may have appeared slightly awkward and uncertain as they arrived on stage, but the moment they launched into opener Roses In The Park any nerves soon evaporated, the song proving an instant attention-grabber thanks to singer/violinist Mark Farmer’s impassioned vocal and Mike Truscott’s meandering cornet.
The less frenetic Farmers Son with its lilting violin, intertwined vocals and gradual build-up continued the good work and epitomised the band’s dark brooding folk-based sound.
The softly-spoken Farmer was a magnetic presence throughout – how much each lyric meant to him was evident from the intensity of his delivery and the nervous energy that accompanied it.
That’s not to say he overshadowed the other members or the music, far from it as overall the quintet put in a dynamic display and one which culminated in sublime final number Young Francis.


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