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Yet more strings to band's bow ; The People's String Foundation The Minack, Porthcurno Review by Jacob Woolcock

May 2, 2013

YellowBrix

AS THE sun set on a beautiful day at the Minack Theatre, The People's String Foundation treated a packed crowd to a diverse and energetic mix of their folk-inspired music. A 12-strong band played a selection of songs from the group's first album Making Waves, including crowd favourites Water In The River and These Skies.

Fusing lead musician Ben Sutcliffe's extraordinary violin playing with a mixture of instruments, from bassoon to double bass to keyboards (and just about everything inbetween) the group charged through six tracks from the debut album, jamming along as the music took them.

With almost 800 people present, this gig was introduced as being a highlight of the band's career thus far, a gig to launch their new album and EP. Delighting the audience singer Ben explained that they were going to play their entire new album in full, for the first time anywhere. The album itself, The Lost Dreams Of Gilgamesh, is due for release in the coming months. Accompanying the band was a ten-piece orchestra, adding an incredible musical backdrop to an already very impressive sound. A total of 22 musicians played the album, creating a rich, warm and enveloping sound.

A clear highlight of the new album, History was dedicated to family members of the band, but also to Rowena Cade, the lady whose passion and commitment saw the Minack Theatre built. This is sure to be a concert to remember for everyone involved. ? Jacob writes for concertsincornwall.co.uk

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