Tarneybackle Dalgety Bay Folk Club 18 March

Although we at one4review probably major on comedy shows these days, there is a whole raft of other shows we attend during the year and traditional folk music is one that doesn’t get as much coverage as some. Time to redress the balance a little I think.
Now this is by no means the first time that we have seen this Perthsire based trio perform, and I certainly hope it will not be the last as they never fail to deliver a quality show, fine singing and playing intersperced with funny links. Tarneybackle consist of Sandy Marshall, guitar, bouzouki and vocals, John Davidson, guitar, mandolin, whistles and vocals and Lorna Davidson, vocals, “World” percussion, including djembe, bongos, chimes, claves, shakers and tambourine.
This well rehearsed and talented group always tailor their performances to meet the audience perceptions and their first set, albeit a full hour, evaporated as if in a few seconds. They majored on traditional Scottish folk songs, most of them sing-a-long numbers as favoured by the Dalgety Bay audience, but intersperced with the odd number from south of the border and the USA. As usual the amusing links between the numbers together with some banter with certain audience members added to the entertainment.
During the break in the evening, an added bonus was a short set delivered by a young Irishman Liam Quinn. He is studying music at nearby Perth and was using this gig as a chance to showcase his undoubted abilities. He is an excellent guitarist and has a very distinctive voice. He only had time for three numbers but from what I saw I would be more than happy to see him in a longer session and hopefully before too long.
Tarneybackle returned for the second half and as before played to their strenghts mixing in a couple of humerous songs, some complete with ‘join in action’s’, that maybe wouldn’t have pleased some folk purists, but certainly hit the right note with the crowd on the night. They quality continued for at least a further hour, but even with the encore it was not enough for everyone. Still there is always their four CD’s to fill the gap until they are back in town again.
To see where they are playing check out their website www.tarneybackle.co.uk for all the details.
Reviewed by Geoff

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