REVIEW Jim Moray/Eliza Carthy MIDLAND ARTS CENTRE WHAT better way for two revered folk figures to celebrate milestones in their musical careers by joining forces.
Birmingham Conservatoire graduate Jim Moray is marking 10 years of recording and touring, quirky Scarborough fiddler Eliza Carthy, a staggering 21 years when you consider she's 37.
Not only have they united for this Wayward Tour, they have pulled in some very talented friends, including Bellowhead's viola player Sam Sweeney, to make up their Wayward band.
The result, at least on this showing, was a night of enchanting tales of tragedy and woe faultlessly delivered by a merry band of extremely accomplished musicians.
The oak trees that peer out over the stone walls wrapped around the outdoor stage at mac made the perfect natural setting.
Macclesfield lyricist Moray took to the stage with just his voice and piano in glorious harmony on Poverty Knock. Backing singer Lucy Farrell joined him for the award-winning traditional track Lord Douglas before more members of the Wayward band gradually entered the fray. With the electrics on and forceful drummer Dave Burbidge in tow, Jim hit heady new heights with the rocky William Taylor, almost Led Zep-like with its sweeping key changes.
Eliza emerged after the break and slowly allowed the crowd to warm to her zany wit and songs, one of which, a cover it should be said, was inspired by a 19th century chicken killer. Mr Walker, infused with a boisterous calypso twist owing to the diverse influence of her musical mother Norma Waterson, was among her standout moments.
Verdict: PAUL SU DON'T MISS YOUR 24-PAGE ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE - EVERY FRIDAY
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