An intriguing proposition, the inaugural MOR Music on Rails brought live music to the National Railway Museum. Some of York’s finest talent played across two unique spaces: The Station Hall, an expansive warehouse full of trains, and The Director’s Saloon, a fully operational steam train which chugged back and forth along the rails while those who played on it tested their mettle by entertaining an intimate audience and keeping their balance during the stops.
A second trip on a now humid and steamy steam train introduced According to Eve. A duo of vocals and acoustic guitar, they treated the intimate carriage to a range of cover versions including Bob Marley, Madness, Bill Withers and The Beatles. They were at their best, however, when performing their original material Everybody Says and Watching Stars, the latter being a slow melancholic tune which exemplified singer Eve Maule-Cole’s sultry, soft, soulful voice.
Van Der Neer
As the evening set in, things got decidedly heavier, starting with the in your face power trio Van Der Neer, playing energetic old school driving rock riffs, full of build-ups and big finishes.
MOR Music on Rails took place at The National Railway Museum on Saturday 6 September 2014