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DYSON, STRINGER, CHLOER LIVE AT THE BAKERY, PERTH AUSTRALIAN TOUR DECEMBER 6 2013

LIVE REVIEW: DYSON STRINGER CHLOER at the BAKERY, PERTH 6 DECEMBER 2013

DYSON, STRINGER, CHLOER LIVE AT THE BAKERY, PERTH AUSTRALIAN TOUR DECEMBER 6 2013

It’s the first time I’ve seen The Bakery set up like a lounge with tables and chairs set up in front of the stage. It suits both the set up and the music tonight and it’s not lost on Perth-based Blues songstress Ruby Boots either mentioning it as she takes the stage.

 

We’ve seen Ruby Boots a few times over the last year – she’s a a local well worth catching with her bluesy-country tales like ‘Middle of nowhere’ written she tells us after a particularly long flight and a five hour drive from Australia to Utah.

 

Tonight Ruby plays nice low key set, full of lush melodies and great driving country blues rock. It’s a great way to open the evening.

 

 

Before they took the stage we weren’t quite sure what to expect from the Dyson, Stringer, Cloher tour – whether they would each take the stage in turn or together or whether they’d play electric or acoustic but that’s immediately answered as the ladies take the stage along with bassist Tim Keegan and drummer Danny McKenna.

 

Opening with Mia’s contribution to the recently released tour EP – ‘Crazy Horse’ tonight proves to be very Rock and Roll. And as they break in ‘Pistol’ a number from Dyson’s latest release its clear that there’s a real chemistry on stage with these last few dates of the tour (tomorrow night’s show is in fact the last date of a long tour).

 

‘For a small crowd you are doing great’ Dyson tells us before another of her numbers – ‘Tell Me’ my personal favourite and such a beautifully balanced and emotional song it always seems to transfix me.

 

 

 

As the set progresses it fails to put a foot wrong with Jen Cloher’s ‘Save Me From What I Want’ really suiting the set up tonight. It’s a set that is both calming and stormy, low key and then simply rocking: and all delivered flawlessly to an appreciative crowd.

 

It’s hard to pick favourite moments, but Dyson’s guitar and Stringer’s organ give the whole night a really rock and roll feel which lifts some of the tracks from the low key originals to meatier fare on stage. The harmonies as you might expect too are wonderful throughout.

 

 

 

If we had to pick highlights, and in truth that’s rather unfair then Dyson’s material which I’m far more familiar with really stands out, and while I find it hard to go past ‘tell Me’ and ‘Pistol’ it’s perhaps cigarettes that is the absolute highlight. From Stringer’s catalogue it has to be the wonderful ‘In Anybody’s Language’, which with all three singing along to the chorus leaves you transfixed. Cloher’s ‘Mount Beauty’ a great song in its original format takes on another life altogether played as it is tonight.

 

Tonight is simply wonderful when you let it wash over you – to see three of Australia’s best young blues and country inspired roots songwriters in Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher on the same stage could easily not have worked this well, but there’s a seamless flow of songs in a beautifully balanced set-list which mixes compositions from each of the musicians so well. The only real question is when can we do this all again?

 

 

 

by Mark Diggins 6 December 2013

 

 

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