Elephant Revival is a five piece group from Colorado consisting of Bonnie Paine, Sage Cook, Dango Rose, Daniel Rodriguez and Bridget Law. I had previously only heard a few songs by them and they did not disappoint on the night.
The guys all interchanged between guitar, double bass, banjo and mandolin showing how versatile they were, whilst Bridget (on fiddle) explained that she had been to Taransay a few times ( brought over initially by The Battlefield Band) and it showed in her playing, as she had the sway and movement of traditional Scottish fiddle players. Bonnie came on clad in black leather gloves with silver tips and her famous washboard….and boy could she play this ….as well as the other percusion instruments
They played a variety of songs from their 5 albums, as well as a few instrumental pieces including ‘Jet Lag Blues’, ‘Stolen’ and finishing with ‘Grace Of A Woman’ from their latest album – a tribute to all mothers. Bonnie has a very unique voice and frequently in some of the songs you could hear the vibrato in it along with her husky overtones. The group and a great collaboration of talent with thier playing, singing and songwriting too.
It was after midnight before we left that night, although it probably could have gone on longer! I have to admit I bought their latest CD which only goes on sale in March in the UK and have enjoyed listening to it since. I look forward to seeing them again soon.