Review: Thea Gilmore, Rescue Rooms, by Peter Palmer
THERE was no new full-length album, simply an EP of musical shavings from the carpenter's bench. For the rest, a selection from Thea Gilmore's copious back catalogue went down a treat.
But then, she's as fine a folk-rock performer as Britain has so far produced, a true indie artist whose vocals are perfectly complemented by guitarist and soul-mate Nigel Stonier.
This time they were joined by the up-and-coming Tracey Browne on keyboards and bass guitar, a drummer from the Capercaillie ensemble and a deft string bassist who doubled on piano-accordion.
The contrasts between folk-like lyricism and throbbing rock, between lingering and up-tempo were pleasingly wrought. Real oldies among us could rejoice in a surprise package: a part-German, part-English rendition of Muss i denn, which Elvis Presley made famous as Wooden Heart.
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Have the Rescue Rooms ever listened more intently than they did to Red, White And Black? Thea's You're The Radio, on the other hand, was suitably boisterous.
In her very topical unaccompanied number about walking a financial tightrope, her music sounded deceptively benign – rather like the recorded Louis Armstrong version of Mack the Knife that prefaced the set.