LIVE REVIEW: The Weather Station, Shannon Lay @ The Cluny 2, Newcastle (28.08.18) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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I may be an indie rock fangirl but I do hold a place in my heart for folk music, so it was an absolute pleasure to catch The Weather Station at The Cluny 2. Having rescheduled this gig from January due to illness, the Canadian four-piece ensured that they put on a mesmerising show for the crowded venue.

I unfortunately missed first act The Winter Hill Transmission but made it just in time to catch LA-based solo artist Shannon Lay and her gorgeous set. Soothing melodies produced from Lay’s intricate guitar picking clung to the air as her dulcet vocals told personal stories made up of beautifully selected lyrics.

The headliners, fronted by Tamara Lindeman, brought a whole new dimension to folk music with a distinctive Canadian-country edge through Lindeman’s vocals. From the poppier Thirty, sporting a powerful crescendo to the raw and delicate Everything I Saw, in which Lindeman provides a stripped back version to the original with her exposed guitar complimenting the echo of her vocals, everything just flowed perfectly.

Each track by The Weather Station is essentially wrapped up in a neat package, and when played they unravel into a tumble of enchanting lyrics and complex soundscapes.

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