LIVE REVIEW: RE:VULVA, Heen, Martha Woods @ The Lubber Fiend, Newcastle (31.05.24) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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When I first entered the glorious Lubber Fiend and spotted a violin on stage, I was hit with haunting flashbacks of terrible screeching coming from the school music room. Who’d have guessed that I’d have my mind blown and all negative fiddle-related feelings eradicated with this glorious night of folk, electro and pop tunes, with added Cornish dancing and balloons!

Opening act Martha Woods’ fiddle was essentially an extension of her: producing skilful, daring, dreamy traditional folk-style tunes combined with a sweet electro pop beat. Heen were next, a violin and guitar duo who complemented each other perfectly. Giving off Wickerman meets Blade Runner vibes, the duo offered some bizarre yet wonderful electro traditional tunes, a special highlight being the dubstep bagpipes!

Headliners RE:VULVA were sensational. This four-piece band fuses traditional folk with pop, using an exciting mix of tinkling mandolin, warm and sunny fiddle, and thrashing acoustic guitar blended with some magic synth and drum pad. Their own compositions were uplifting and easy to bounce around to, with alluring beats and ethereal singing. Their energy and joy was infectious; and the room bounced in an almost folk mosh pit, it was clear that RE:VULVA were just four mates loving what they do and it was a pleasure to share a space with them.

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