Before I start this review, I would like to clarify one obvious detail to a sizeable number of the audience for this excellent concert.
The tickets stated that the doors were open at 7.00pm and the concert would commence at 8.00pm. Please refrain from arriving late, 8.15 to 8.30pm and disturbing those who were good enough to turn up on time. This applies particularly to this venue since, due its layout, late entry does cause some considerable inconvenience!
First on stage was a young West Coast Canadian lady of considerable talent, Jenny Ritter. She sailed through a 45 minute set accompanied by a four piece band which alternated between twin fiddles, electric and acoustic guitars, stand up bass and her own guitar and banjo work. A delightful laid back folksy sound whether she sang of being raised by wolves or missing the boat. She ended with a number joined by the 10 piece Glasgow Jazz Choir.
Interval over and when the crowd had eventually taken their seats, the main act appeared on stage, Boston based Joy Kills Sorrow (pictured).
The sheer instrumental prowess of these young people was an absolute joy to behold, and accompanied by the stunning voice of Emma Beaton, the complete sound could be described as wonderful, stupendous or many other of the misused words in the English language.
Songs about Louisiana, or being made to feel drunk by the mere appearance of another, gave a wide variety to the evening’s entertainment.
Special mentions must go to the mandolin player, Jacob Jolliff, the 2012 American mandolin player of the year and, in particular, Wes Corbett who managed to produce maestro banjo playing which could hold up with the legendary Bill Emerson any day.
Beaton’s voice moves with complete ease between powerful gospel sounds through bluesy numbers and into gentle sensuousness.
Joy Kills Sorrow is just about as near a perfect package as you can imagine.