Concert Review – Lisbee Stainton

Reviewed by Ben Macnair

After twenty years of writing songs, 6 albums and support slots for the likes of Seth Lakeman, Joan Armatrading, Paul Brady, Gretchen Peters and Paul Carrack it is not surprising that the singer songwriter Lisbee Stainton knows how to put on a folk filled and entertaining show.

Supporting herself on six and eight string guitars and banjo, she played a full set of ninety minutes, that ranged from ambient folk, to experimental soundscapes, gentle romantic reverie and pointed political protest songs.

As well as playing her own songs, she also played a number of songs that she had co-written, such as Undetow which she wrote with Tom Robinson, and Vodka and Tonic which was written with Eleanor Mcevoy. Starting with 16, a song about childhood and adolescence, she changed to banjo for the hauntingly ethereal Skin Changer, whilst Red Dog Running was a catch song that called for audience participation.

Say Yes was a song about finding love, whilst Burn-out was a ditty about taking time out from the stresses of life, and We Don’t Need The Monsters was a pointed song, alluding to the fact that humanity often does far worse than the imagination.

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