Acoustic At The Vault
Simon Wilson, the Vault’s own, kicks off the venue’s second acoustic only night the venue with Soul Ayslum’s “Runaway Train” to great reception in a set covering some of Simon’s own time in bands Any Given Day, Newtown Revival and Jukebox Junkies. (Growing venue with lots of history, earlier in the day tonight’s sound engineer Tom Long had hosted a chat about his life in music - remember Pinkerton’s Assorted
Colours anyone ?).
Simon also quite a storyteller, regaling us with tales of his youth and father, fitting tribute in Neil Diamond with Fathers Day tomorrow.
All to short a set rushing towards a climax but not before an important message for all in the venue - sign the petition!
Hard times for the venue with planned development next door to build sheltered accomodation/retirement flats, Springsteen’s “My City Of
Ruins” perfect clarion call.
Following a surprise debut at The Squirrel on Wednesday night when Becki Morgan and Andy Dove revealed their acoustic duo Becki And The Dove to ecstatic applause leading to addition on tonight’s bill.
A partnership only forged 2 weeks ago combines a pairing of equal talents. Teen Becki sought by musicians for her exquisite vocals while Andy’s exceptional fretwork returns great demand as a teacher.
Tonight both deliver faultless performance with 6 originals, “Ran Out Of Words” already recorded in readiness for the debut EP.
Workaholic teen (she gets everywhere) Emilie Rackham ever growing in stature with a haunting performance, especially on “Too Close” in
her arsenal of covers.
Emilie also busy on her own set of originals which includes writing alongside James Herring on ” When I Looked Into My Mother’s Eyes” a
song devoted to her Uncle Matthew, who sadly passed away the day before Emilie’s eighth birthday.
Sophia and Kate Vassalos headline with a set of blues and jazz thrilling the now gathered throng. Kate as ever delivering masterful 12 string guitar accompaniment to Sophia’s vocals .
Third occasional recently we’ve had to see both, previously enthralled by the parts we had managed to see.
Tonight the first time able to stay for the whole performance and justly rewarded with Sophia in playful mood jesting about her baking skills while performing in their set “Summertime” “Roxanne” “Hit The Road Jack” and a spine tingling “Amazing Grace” which Sophia had considered out of place yet reluctantly added.
An evening of new songs and classics both timeless alike, let’s hope it’s two things - not too long until the next and Simon not another six year wait.
Do remember to sign the petition (at The Vault).