Meadowlark at Fibbers

Monday night at Fibbers saw atmospheric duo Meadowlark come to York as part of their Postcards tour, celebrating their debut album. They were joined on the night by local acts The Bronze and Kymberley Kennedy.

Review and Photos by Graeme Smith

Acoustic duo The Bronze started the night with an uplifting set of light-hearted folk songs and covers. Consisting of York-based singer-songwriters Holly Taymar and Chris Bilton, they rattled through a set of original favourites such as Toes and anti-Valentine’s day anthem Not Just For The Day, as well as a cover of Wheatus’s Teenage Dirtbag. Not wanting to miss the opportunity to honour the late, great Tom Petty, they also opened with a cover of his classic American Girl.

Next up was r’n’b-pop artist Kymberley Kennedy and band. Her joyful set included renditions of singles All I Wanted and Head Games among others. Kymberley has also recently been grabbing attention for her cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game and the live version was truly spine-tingling. There was a new song to boot, No Good, which, as the name suggests was a thoughtful rendition of how love can’t always be the right thing. Throughout her set, Kymberley showed charisma and rapport, with the audience and with fellow band members.

Finally it was time for Meadowlark, who had come to York to celebrate the release of their debut album Postcards. Meadowlark set out their stall to create an atmosphere that the punters at Fibbers don’t usually experience, with a sense of intimacy created in one of York’s biggest venues. Stage-lighting was stripped back to a handful of bare bulbs that surrounded the duo and reacted to their music and the audience were encouraged to gather near the front of the stage.

Unsurprisingly, their set consisted of tracks from their new album with particular highlights being the swelling Headlights and the stripped back That’s Life, the latter bringing a respectful silence from the audience.

Meadowlark are truly a hidden gem of the current UK music scene and should be checked out by fans of London Grammar and Of Monsters And Men. Their new album Postcards is out now and available via their website.

The Bronze, Kymberley Kennedy and Meadowlark played at Fibbers on Monday 9 October 2017.