Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The Bergen folk music club Columbi Egg opened their autumn season yesterday, with visitors from England. Singer and violin player Jackie Oates brought along James Dumbleton (g), Sille Illves (bowed harp ?) and Laurel Swift (b) . They performed some self penned material, but mostly English folk music of the sad kind ("I love sad songs"). The sad songs got even better by using what we learned was a shruti box (a mini harmonium). They did a fantastic version of "The Lark in the Morning" (I know that one only from Steeleye Span) where Dumbleton even sang overtones. Oh yes, and Jackie Oates has a great voice! Listen at Myspace, and wait for their new album, out one of these days.