Last weekend, The Lake Poets visited Fibbers to play a headline show alongside a wealth of local talent. The supporting acts were handpicked especially by the promoter to show off some of the best independent talent from the county for independent week, including Helen Chambers, Ryan Spendlove, Pip Mountjoy, Boss Caine and Zak Ford.
By Jane Howkins
Helen Chambers was up first, with her brand of folk music harking back to the music that emerged in the 1960s. In the past, Helen has played with Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) and other similar folk punk artists on the Revival Tour, so is definitely one to watch out for in the future.
Next up was Ryan Spendlove, who some may know from his years fronting The Blueskins. Over the past few years, Ryan has moved away from being in a full band and has instead started performing live. He did not disappoint, displaying a very strong voice alongside his bluesy folk sensibilities. It was a particularly raw performance.
Pip Mountjoy was up next, playing a more modern style of folk music on both an electric and an acoustic guitar. Her music was extremely heartfelt, with Pip making several jokes about the dark nature of her lyrics, so it isn’t a surprise that despite her relatively young age (only 21) she has already supported Ryan Adams on tour and played the Glastonbury Festival several times.
Boss Caine played next. Interestingly, Boss was the man who organised this event, and his bluesy Americana and dark lyrical themes seemed to fit in perfectly with the rest of the acts on show. Boss showed a great deal of passion when singing, with his rough voice linking to his guitar playing well. Incidentally, he can also often be found at the Dusk Open Mic night on a Sunday evening for anyone wanting to see him.
The penultimate act of the evening was Zak Ford, joined by a string section comprising of a double bass and a cello. Zak’s set consisted of a number of songs with a folk/country style twang to them, and he seemed to have a lot of fans in the crowd, testifying to how good his songs are and how well known he is becoming in the local scene. His voice was also marvellous, featuring a wide range and the high notes in particular were stunning.
Finally, it was time for The Lake Poets to take to the stage. For those that do not know, The Lake Poets consist of singer-songwriter Martin Longstaff, with the rest of the band continually changing. Whilst the rest of the acts tonight were excellent, Martin’s set was the stand out moment of the show, with his beautiful voice and songs touching the crowd deeply. Several people in the audience were even brought to tears. Particular stand outs were Black and Blueand Edinburgh, as well as the stories Martin told about his songs, which showed his passion for playing music and his work ethic. A must see band.
Helen Chambers, Ryan Spendlove, Pip Mountjoy, Boss Caine, Zak Ford and The Lake Poets played at Fibbers on Saturday 31 January 2016