Gig Review: The Cornshed Sisters @ The Central Bar, Gateshead
By Paul Broadhead on April 25, 2012 in Music
About 14 years ago I watched a great band at the Astoria in London lay down their instruments, announce that they were a “bunch of f*ckwits”, and stumble off stage for the last time. There’s no such stumbles tonight, but The Cornshed Sisters are a band with no less charm, plenty of elegance and grace and one of them even looks a little familiar.
It’s the Cornsheds album launch party for their debut record, ‘Tell Tales’ tonight, so you could forgive them for being a little nervous and or tipsy. Take nothing away from the performance though. These girls have honed their craft and deserve to reap the rewards that will surely come with it. ‘Dresden’, ‘The Beekeeper’ and ‘Dance At My Wedding’ already sound like classics, the achingly beautiful four-part harmonies enchanting a healthy sized Central Bar crowd. Having already toured with The Futureheads and having graced the stage at the Sage, the Cornsheds should have no problems making the transition to top draws on the folk circuit.
Blessed as they are with voices of great range and depth; Marie, Jennie, Cath and Liz, grow in confidence and presence with every show. But presentation is half the battle and it’s the Cornsheds tales of love and gravy that will ensure that the only way is up for these four friends masquerading as sisters. There’s no Prince cover to finish off with tonight but instead there’s a breathtaking version of The Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’ which leaves the whole room in the mood to get down and party to the after-show disco.
And if that’s not enough, there’s also free cake. “And wait, I can’t be sure, but didn’t one of them used to be in K…?”
- Preview: Cornshed Sisters @ Independent