Glastonbury Calling 2017 - Plume of FeathersLive review of the set at The Hawthorns for Glastonbury Calling 2017
Live Review – Plume of Feathers at Glastonbury Calling 2017
Raise a glass to that rare and often misunderstood musical offering – the concept album. They are a rare beastie these days. Everyone at this Festival/Event should relate to this album/band as it concerns our best friend for millennia, the Public House and its sad decline.
Some story lp’s are tight and exacting which is ok if you are in the mood. This falls into the better looser open type allowing your imagination to weave in your own memories adding to the experience. Rather than give a literal narrative for the listener/observer to digest exactly, this has brief slices of life, intimate chapters over two hundred years, fleshed out with sound tracks and filmic back drop imagery of gatherings and events near or long past. Multiple strands of social history, now ghosts but celebrated here again, not to be forgotten.
Oh yeah the music? Nearly forgot. They are accomplished solo artists anyway; the tunes alter from nifty little picked riffs to tender and affectionate sweeps, appropriate for the subjects. Tasty bass/rhythm playing with lovely runs where required.
You can relax and let all this wash over you or listen intently but the effect is the same. Ok so the ending is sad, but we had a great couple of hundred years they cannae take away. You are there back in the saloon bar, it’s Saturday night and you’re watching the band.
What more could a girl ask for on a wet, cold, winter afternoon than being in a cosy Glastonbury pub being entertained by this lot? Unfolding the tale of the decline and demise of the eponymous Bristol pub, we were mesmerised by the haunting sounds, spoken word and visuals, about ‘First Dates’, ‘Davie’s Leaving Do’, and the change in drinking habits (Fine Wine), intermixed with a hearty combination of guitar bliss and stunning vocals from Paul and Chris. Jim and Brian provided a stunning rhythm section, and they were supported by Caroline providing the visuals, with Paul moving to Accordion for the moving ‘Dons Wake’. Think Jesus and Mary chain meets Teenage Fanclub, with a healthy dose of Arab Strap, and you get a feel for this Glasgow/Bristol sourced collective, who are engaged in many other musical projects. Listening again to their CD as I write, this is perfect for that morning after feeling , although it does make me really want to get along and support my local pub- hair of the Dog anyone?
Artist: Plume of Feathers
Reviewer: Richard Splash & Ann Diment
Date: 25th January, 2017