Review: The Band at WIllow Club

The fast rising folk ensemble Acme performed an action packed set of music when they played to an enthusiastic audience at Rainbow Club. With a stage littered with a number of instruments and a set list that drew on a number of different genres, the six piece provided no end of both musical virtuosity and variety when they played. The group, led by John Doe on vocals, also included Bill Kalcho on banjo, guitar and vocals, Jake Savage on guitar, dobro, and vocals, Kat Moore on violin and vocals, with double bassist John Parker and Evan Carson on bodhran and percussion. The music ranged from dobro-based ballads, to rhythmic banjo-led bluegrass and country songs, with elements of jazz and dance music in the shifting percussive textures. With a voice that was a cross between Sandy Denny’s and Kirsty McColl’s, Jade Rhiannon’s contribution was important, but did not over-shadow the prowess of her band-mates, who all bought the songs to vivid life. Since forming in 2010, the group have been honing their sound on the live circuit, as well as releasing two very well received albums, from both of which the set drew. Whether it was in the ballad Absent Friends, with its dobro lead lines and lullaby like chordal accompaniment, or Shores, a song about immigration, a lot of ground was covered both musically and lyrically.

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