Sparrow & the Workshop @ Tut’s 07-07-09

July 13, 2009

SPARROW AND THE WORKSHOP
King Tut’s, Glasgow, July 7 * * * *

Recently seen supporting Broken Records on their UK tour, Glasgow-based trio Sparrow and the Workshop made a headlining return to Tut’s tonight. Appearing on the back of their first Glastonbury, the band put in an assured display well worthy of the warm reaction their performance provoked.
It’s still early days for the three-piece, judging by tonight’s poor turn-out, but with a knack for creative arrangements, singer/guitarist/violinist Jill O’Sullivan’s soulful, country-tinged vocals and an undeniable ability to create melodies that take you unawares, it’s only a matter of time before crowd numbers rise.
Songs like Gun, Broken Heart Broken Home and Swam Like Sharks should stand them in good stead, each one possessing moments capable of truly captivating a crowd. Add to that an endearing unpolished delivery style and a natural stage presence and you have something with the potential to dazzle.
That said not every track quite hit the mark. Openers Cast Chance and Horse’s Grin felt fairly run-of-the-mill while Crossing Hearts seemed confused – a sudden bout of crackly sound didn’t help matters either. However finishing off with I Will Break You and Devil Song ensured the night ended on a high.

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