Porlock Village Hall music and performance

Porlock Village hall as a venue for music, theatre, shows and performance

Porlock village hall is a gem of a venue situated at the bottom of Porlock hill, almost opposite the Ship inn.

Last night, Thursday 27th July an almost sold-out village hall had the fortune to witness an amazing interpretation of Kate Bush’s music. Thanks to Moments of Pleasure, Kate Bush the piano sessions. Vocals by Lisa-Marie Walters and Piano by Mark Feven.

From the opening song you were taken and immersed in the beautiful music and imagery of Kate Bush, somehow the songs became personal and the emotional performance, I think made this a very special concert.  The audience were treated to  many of Kate Bush’s well known and not so well know compositions.  The stand out highlights for me were “This woman’s Work” (from her album This Sensual world),Moments of Pleasure( from The Red shoes) and Wow (from Lioheart).  Not really fair as I’m sure each person has their own favourite.  The highly appreciative and warm audience reacted to each  song creating a great experience for all.  I would say that this was more than a tribute band performance due not only to the amazing renditions of the music but by the emotional investment into the songs, which had the power to transport you.

Moments of pleasure as a five piece band are at the Brewhouse, Taunton on the 5thof August, sadly this coincides with The Tin Giants at Porlock Village hall, which I will be heading to next.


Saturday 5th August on a stormy evening, the Tin  Giants took over the Village hall

The Tin Giants could be described as Folk, Rock, prog style of fusion that is hard to define and probably best not to try. The six piece play a variety of interesting instruments, see the line up below:

Bryan Causton –mandolin, mandocello, sitar, guitars, bass, cittern, bouzouki.

Duncan Moss – electro acoustic hurdy gurdies, half long bagpipes, flute, soprano and alto saxes, piano, rauschpfeife, oboe.

Penni Mcclaren Walker – lead vocals and guitars.

Cam Armer – vocals, guitars, bass.

Fran Broady – vocals, violins and electric harp.

Glynn Bateman – drums, percussion. 

The music played was a mixture of traditional English, Celtic, French and more.  Traditional songs and tunes were interspersed with original materia, l with the layers and textures often building to an almost wall of sound but this gave amazing contrast to the delicate and beautiful melodies emanating from often obscure and interesting instruments.  The audience were treated to interesting narratives to many of the songs and tunes and to the folk roots that many came from.  The second half of the show definitely had a greater intensity and the audience participation stepped up a gear.  I could hear many influences and types of music vying for position and at times could hear prog rock  melodies trying to break free of their restraining chains.

I left feeling that I wanted to hear more and to investigate further into the songs and tunes. I'll leave their website link below for those who feel the same. I look forward to hearing and seeing them again, hopefully back in Porlock.







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