PREVIEW: Meg Baird @ The Cumberland Arms
By Adam Clery on September 11, 2012 in Music
It’s always the same isn’t it. Just when you thought you’d seen every lilting lassie with a luthier, The Cumberland Arms (along with a little help from The Horse Loom’s Steve Malley) go and pull a some sort of eye-opening folk rabbit out of their hat of trans-Atlantic talent.
Pennsylvanian delight Meg Baird is ascending the stairs of Byker’s brightest boozer for an intimate evening of songs and stories on Thursday 13 September. Often compared to Sandy Denny, Meg Baird incorporates aspects of Denny, Anne Briggs, Nick Drake and even former touring buddy Bert Jansch into what is, by all accounts, a rather unique sound. With the sort of fingerstlye musicianship that would make most of her contemporaries blush, and a voice that could rattle chains in dusty mansions, she brings a contemporary and progressive take on otherwise well trodden ground.
She’s forever cursed to get that old ‘ethereal’ tag attached her though, so why not head down and try and trump 90% of music journalists in a single move by coming up with a better term for girls who have mastered the upper register. Tickets weigh in at the £6 mark, and are probably a snip for an event that’s likely to be a total one off.
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