A lovely evening as the sunshine softened into the twilight illuminated by candle light as we sat in the friendly company of the Crown of Lights Acoustic Club at Comrades in Heckmondwike.
A great stage, good lighting and excellent sound management by Peter Rimshaw along with a very friendly receptive audience allowed all the musicians to perform to their best.
Jasmine Kennedy beautifully sang her new song Cardigan Sweater which had been given its debut airing the previous night on Radio Leeds. Then Toby Hardwick from Heckmondwike sang and played in serene and relaxed style.
Up next was April Maybe May a Duo from Barrow in Furness featuring Rosie Hillman's both 'delicate and earthy' voice and Matt Kassel's 'flawlessly evocative rhythmic' guitaring. They sang songs from their new album with lovely voice harmonies and funky folk rhythms. This is a great duo and can be seen in Yokshire again at the Hole in The Wall Club , Hebdon Bridge, 17th July.
Diamond Dac Charnley from Holmfirth played blues slide guitar and with melodic voice sang with humour, warmth and relaxed style to his laid back rhythmic harmonic guitaring.
Jack and Gills Daughter, a Leeds Duo featuring Gemma Tilley on vocals and Jack Haigh on guitar. Exquisite funky rhythms and percussive harmonic guitar with Gemma's subtle voice, sometimes strong, sometimes light, powerful, soft, raucous always evocative in quality. They sang their own songs about elements of their own experience. A band to look out for.
Chris Martin finished off the evening with brilliant thumping blues guitar and laid back cheeky humour, not forgetting his 'Jaffa Cake Tradition'. He was accompanied on acoustic guitar by Paul 'Raoul' Johnson and on banjo byMartin Hirsd.
Donal O'Driscol (Acoustic Club Organiser) and his team have created a lovely friendly relaxed place presenting and supporting local musicians, comradeship, conversational anecdotes and irrepressible good feel optimism.
Review by Andrew Sugden