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:: Ian Adamson :: Rachael Kichenside :: Redruth ::
21 September 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester

Itís a balmy evening and thereís an acoustic flair to tonightís NWB at Night & Day. Ian Adamson is already on stage warming everyone up for the nightís proceedings. A welcome surprise from Mr Adamson, as his budget demo didnít convey the performance heís capable of live. Ian Adamsonís strength is in his song writing and his guitar delivery shuffles industriously along to the melody packed tunes. And thatís what they are Ė heís a good pocketful of songs that point to a more colourful, playful and sanguine set. With a solo, acoustic strummed outing, Adamson has the hardest job convincing the early crowd. He shouldnít need to convince anyone, as from the three acts I get to see here tonight, his show points to something much bigger.

Redruth is another solo outing and in contrast to the previous performer, itís a stand up affair. Jovial banter connects his wistful songs and Redruth has the indie / falsetto rollercoaster voice of Chris Martin Ė itís very coldplay at times and often very reflective. Some very capably picked guitar work adds the right kind of flourish. Ultimately, the sensitivity and accurate melody still needs a hookline to reel in the listeners and just a few more of those are required - so maybe a whisker of adjustment and he could have a winning formula.

Rachel Kichenside, I now get to see for the first time with full support. Drums, double bass, two acoustic guitars and Rachael herself, in full, free flow with the microphone. With a jazzy / folk outlook Kichensideís fluid blend of traditional and cotemporary sounds evoke shades of Beth Orton and Maddy Prior and coats them with a sheen of modern folky pop. Both fun and highbrow, itís a satifying display thatís lit by the organic mix of acoustic instruments and soulful vocal gestures.

Rachael Kichenside
Ian Adamson

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