Gig Review: Many Moons/Dansi/Tall Shaves
Scruff of the Neck are known for their stellar lineups, and last Friday was no different. Many Moons were joined by Tall Shaves and Dansi to complete a night of epic folk-pop in a packed out Cluny 1 room.
Tall Shaves were a band I hadn’t been previously been familiar with, but won’t be one I’m forgetting about any time soon.
Ordinarily, Tall Shaves perform as a duo but tonight they had a full lineup of fantastic musicians backing them up.
Their charming and infectious folk pop set had the whole room smiling and toe tapping from beginning to end, and with a lineup ranging from violin to banjo, they definitely brought something very different to the table.
Front-person duties are shared by Paige Temperley and Kieran Taylor, whose voices sound as though they were crafted especially to sing with one another. The authenticity of the folk roots were really accentuated by the rest of the band who complemented the vocals beautifully, especially on the track 'People to Love' which the band joked about wanting to find a “cooler” name for. A truly stunning set; the North East is very lucky to have these guys.
Having previously seen Dansi at this year's Evolution Emerging Festival, expectations were very high... and they delivered in spades. It’s easy to see how Dansi go down so well on the festival circuit, especially considering the size of the sound they produce makes it a real worry that the roof won’t stay secure for long.
The lead guitarist's decision to sport a Catcall Clothing t-shirt didn’t go unnoticed either, and its a very nice touch to see independent artists supporting each other!
Their set ranged drastically from gentle, slow and sweet to bolshy and powerful with ease.
The work behind the scenes that is clearly put in by Dansi really does translate on to the stage as they sound and look like they’ve been a unit for many years, and it’s not difficult to see why so many people get so excited by them.
Following this, Many Moons finally graced the stage, and the excitement in the room by this point was palpable. Met by overwhelming roars from friends, family and fans alike in the crowd, they wasted no time in throwing themselves into their first upbeat number.
Many Moons have crafted something really special genre wise, taking all the best elements of folk, indie and pop and amalgamating them into something more unique. This was the third time I’d seen the band, who are improving continuously, and every time I’ve left a performance of theirs utterly awestruck by the accuracy of their vocal work.
I can’t think of any other local bands I’ve ever seen who demonstrate the same skill level shown through four part harmonies - the haunting chant of “take me to heaven” has been stuck in my head for the last three days (not that I’m complaining!) The gratefulness they all expressed for such a big and responsive crowd was so clear, and beautifully articulated by frontman Patrick.
Many Moons' brilliant new single 'Promises' was played twice, much to the glee of their audience after their relentless screams for a second encore - it’s such a feel good track and was the perfect way to end the night.
I left the Cluny with the biggest smile on my face after an amazing night of the most charming music. A triumph.
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