King Tut’s, Glasgow, January 14 * * *

It seems odd that someone would pay £8 to go to a gig, then spend the entire time chatting at the bar. Fair enough if Metallica are playing in the background it’s fine to talk loudly but when the band’s a folk-pop duo capable of spellbinding audiences with their otherworldly lullabies, well there’s just no excuse.
Tonight it was hard not to feel sympathy for Damon & Naomi whose performance fell on certain oblivious ears. As a result what could have been something a bit special ultimately failed to live up to the expectations of those patently irked punters who for an hour or so shot dirty looks in the general direction of the bar.
There were moments when the noise subsided, moments you could fully appreciate the native New Yorkers’ performance, and their at times beautifully crafted songs. Ueno Station, described by mild-mannered singer/guitarist Damon Krukowski as “a whisky-drinking song” was the first to hit the mark while New York City proved a compelling five minutes.
That said the combination of one clueless female’s yapping during the penultimate number and a final offering which erred on the A Mighty Wind side of folk, meant it was to be a less than captivating end to a set destined to be remembered mainly for the wrong reasons.