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BBC Club, London, 10 September 2009
cordially invited to attend a showcase gig by those kind folk at Angel Air
Records to see a name that the label has a lot of faith in. A name
that just two days earlier I had never heard of, but after searching for
the name on the internet - and liking what I saw - I was looking forward to
this showcase gig very much.
the plush bar of BBC Radio in the heart of London, I was to witness
Blackheart. An artist whose CD's you may find filed under the folk
section, but it soon becomes apparent that this duo appeal to a much wider
audience than just the wooly jumper and real ale brigade.
'The Sky And I' wouldn't be out of place on a later day Fleetwood Mac
What we have
here are a male/female duo who both play acoustic guitar and share vocals,
and boy what a singer we have in Welsh girl Chrissy Mostyn, with the voice
of an angel, but not in the Charlotte Church mould, more akin to Briana
Corrigan from Beautiful South, but much softer, tender and innocent.
to match, this red haired rock looking chick is the kinda girl you always
wished was your next door neighbour when you were a teenager.
by fellow songwriter Richard Pilkington, the first song today was the very
infectious single 'Wednesday Afternoon', an upbeat number that
has been circling my brain all week.
joined them on keyboards later on for two songs giving Blackheart more
depth and a fuller sound.
number of this short set was '94 Years' the age of Richard Pilkington's
father when he passed away, a poignant and well crafted song about things
that were never said between father and son. A song so good that it was
included on a Radio 2 playlist last year.
in the media describe Blackheart as 'urban folk', but folk rock or simply
just another form of rock is fine by me. If you're looking for
something a bit mellow, enchanting and endearing, then you can't go wrong
with Blackheart. Promoting
new CD 'Invisible', you should be seeing a whole lot more of the duo in
enjoying themselves in the audience were musicians Mo Foster, punk legend
Edward Tudor-Pole and one time Thin Lizzy six stringer Eric Bell.
After the show, I'd made the most of the wine on offer and joined all
three for a great hour long chat. A very pleasant way to spend a
and photos by Mark Taylor
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