LIVE REVIEW: Tall Shaves, Sarah Connolly @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle (09.10.20) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Local songstress Sarah Connolly is up against a Friday night crowd on potentially a last hurrah before a looming lockdown, but it doesn’t phase her in the slightest; the laid-back Americana vibes of Eye Of A Bird suiting her new backing band with deft touches of slide guitar. A rendition of Where Is My Mind is remarkably faithful both to The Pixies and Connolly’s own acoustic sound whilst worldly-wise ballad Black & Blue hits all the right notes in what is a short, but oh so sweet, set.  

Tall Shaves have made such a name for themselves in a relatively short two years to be used to the more rowdy – albeit seated – audiences and it’s a full band tonight that backs up duo Paige Temperley and Kieran Taylor. Pocket-sized Paige has no issue throwing in unreleased folky slow-burners like I Really Wanna Know, but naturally it’s duets like the band’s iconic first single Breanna From Orillia that really gets the energies flowing. The quirky folk of Tommy Thumb is the kind of light-hearted fun we all need right now and the band have more sing-alongs in their cannon than most to see off the night in fine fettle.  Let’s just hope it continues because these Tyne Bank Brewery shows have been like a shot in the arm for both artists and fans alike.  

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