|We are keen stewards at the Courtyard theatre where incidentaly they have a fine folk club once a month. It is called the Nightjar Folk Club and is held in the studio theatre, edgar street, hereford-08701122330.
Flook however were booked as a concert in the main audatoriam. A simple stage was well lighted for a support act by the name of Harriet Bartlett. This young lady we have followed with keen interest for the past couple of years. Her accordian playing has excelently developed into a technique quite fine. She has now began to sing some songs which helps if you are not an accordian purist like me. The songs are well chosen and lyricaly remembersome. One criticism which quite honestly could be leveled at the majority of todays folk performers is her lack of diction and breathing controle. Having said thatshe is always a joy to hear.
Flook. A band I had not come accross before. Four Fantastic instimentalists who toe tap amongst your brain pathways and make them jangle with anticipation of the next tune. A nice mix showing off what each member of the band can do. I personaly find that sitting through two hours was a little long without any singing, but I had paid no money to see them. Their fans who were there some two hundred or so were enthusiastic. I have however never seen a Badhrans player who could make his instrument sound like a set of drums. The flutes , whistles and wind players were inventive and exciting and the guitar player was exact in his performance. Interspersed with witty repartee and one joke about the Pope, (not irreverent) the night was fine and well worth a listen. For me it was too long in a concert cetting. At a Folk festival where the standard sett is half an hour to three quarters it would have been better.
Andrew Dwyer 2/6/6