Concert Review – Pilgrim’s Way – Lichfield Guildhall

Concert Review – Pilgrim’s Way – Lichfield Guildhall – December 1st 2012

Reviewed by: Ben Macnair

An award winning, fast rising folk trio played for an enthusiastic audience when Pilgrim’s Way appeared at Lichfield’s Guildhall.

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Pilgrims Way

The group, comprising lead singer, violinist and jew’s harp player, Lucy Wright, Edwin Beasant on melodeons, concertina and guitar, and Tom Kitching on Fiddle, Mandolin and vocals played an action packed concert with music taken from many disparate traditions.

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They started with ‘The Light Dragoon’ an upbeat reading, which featured lively violin, whilst ‘The Handweaver and the Factory Maid’ was a song about love going wrong. ‘Come Write me Down’ and ‘True Lover John’ were further woe-filled tales of disaster, but the traditional ‘Adieu Lovely Nancy’ was a fine treatment that gave full rein to the trio’s talents.

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The second set saw some more upbeat music being played, ranging from ‘Martimas time’ and Les Barker’s ‘Maybe then I’ll be a Rose’. There was a solo feature for Jew’s Harp in ‘My Love is an American’ and ‘Alfaz Del Pi’ was a mysterious, Russian sounding theme, whilst the band’s signature tune ‘A Pilgrim’s Way’ saw Rudyard Kipling’s well known poem married into a fitting tune. The set finished with the upbeat ‘Framus/Jig Iolo’ a fast upbeat reel, powered along by the trance like rhythms of the guitars and Jew’s Harp. An equally upbeat, but unnamed piece served as an encore.

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