LIVE REVIEW: Lanterns On The Lake, Kathryn Williams, Tom Joshua @ The Peacock, Sunderland (30.09.21) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Jovial and down to earth, Teesside’s Tom Joshua’s electric-guitar backed by cello arrangement hits the audience in all the right feels. Tracks like Undergrowth from his new EP and Suckers, a song about the difficult times we’ve all been through, recalling Damien Rice at his tear-jerking best.

Kathryn Williams is armed with just her acoustic guitar and a bag full of folk-fuelled treats, like Heart Shaped Stone that sounds like Evan Dando at his poppiest. A highlight is new track Chime Like A Bell, which bodes well for her future Ed Harcourt produced LP. And her Nico-tinged cover of Jackson Browne’s ponderous These Days is faultless, despite what her partner may say…

Audiences are canny scary,” quips Lanterns On The Lake’s Hazel Wilde as she sits at her piano in front of an intimate seated audience, but last year’s Mercury Prize nominees have nothing to fear. Leaning heavily on material from the epic Spook The Herd record, Hazel brings down the Baddies and searches high and wide for her lover on the devotional Every Atom, whilst Paul Gregory slays his guitar with his well-worn bow on When It All Comes True. At ten songs, the set seems brief, especially for a rescheduled Summer Streets performance, but it’s a set full of killer and no filler and a tantalising tease of their forthcoming tour (which lands at Newcastle’s Boiler Shop on Friday 10th December).

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