Angie Palmer Live Biscuits and Gravy Review from The Riverside Connon Bridge Scotland
Angie Palmer at The Riverside, Conon Bridge March 3rd, 2009
It’s always nice to find a congenial venue to hear some live music and The Riverside’s certainly that. Good beer, good atmosphere and a comfortable mezzanine area to sit around and listen, to Angie Palmer in this case. A Lancashire lass who’s relocated to France, she turned up with one fifth of her full band, namely Billy Buckley. He picked out a seemingly endless run of inventive tunefulness on all things guitar; his dobro and lap steel playing were particular fun and I kept looking forward to the ‘middle eight’ to see what he would come up with next.
I hadn’t come across Angie Palmer before but I’d heard tell that she was a British Lucinda Williams. I couldn’t see that to be honest; my ear picked out something of the earnestness and warm vocals of Eleanor McEvoy and something of the sly humour of Eliza Gilkyson. What was really enjoyable was the switched-on nature of her performance, a really controlled commitment to the performance of each song. I can’t report much on the content of her songs, first acquaintance obviously leaves only a fleeting impression but I enjoyed her introduction to a new, Radio 2 friendly, song. Apparently they favour a jaunty tune with no more than 14 seconds of intro, which is exactly what Angie had written. ‘Deep Blue Sea’ had one of those jolly little tunes that you would whistle as you walked down the street if anybody whistled any more.
This was a ‘Pass The Hat’ promotion and I cheerrfully put my contribution in the hat in appreciation of a pleasant Sunday afternoon, well spent.
Incidently Angie returns north to play the shed house concert Inverness March 14th