Concert Review – Nancy Kerr & James Fagan – Lichfield Guildhall – 03 October 2012

Concert Review – Nancy Kerr & James Fagan – Lichfield Guildhall – 03 October 2012

With a sound that fused elements of Appalachian folk and Bluegrass, with traditional music the award winning duo of Nancy Kerr and James Fagan returned to Lichfield Guildhall to play a set that featured virtuoso musicianship, impeccable singing, fine arrangements, and high quality covers, as well as their own distinctive songs.

The set featured such traditional standards as ‘Barbara Allen’, ‘Nancy Taylor’ and ‘Dance to your Daddy’ but gave them new treatment, with Nancy Kerr’s strong vocals pushed to the fore, and strong accompaniment from guitarist James, whilst the violin playing, which was played underneath the vocals often defied belief.

The duo’s own songs were also strong, with ‘Queen of Waters’ and ‘Dolerite Skies’ both being about homecoming, whilst the story songs ‘The Outside Track’ and ‘I am the Fox’ featured, muscular, rhythmic counterpoints.

Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

This was a fine concert, showing what could be done with a good imagination, enough technical knowledge to back up those ideas, and no end of musical talent.

Reviewed by Ben Macnair

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