Local singer-songwriter Bec Sandridge performed with enthralling delicacy. Sweeping across stage strumming a small guitar with a bird's nest of strings gathered at the headstock, Sandridge chirped perfectly indecipherable stories with catchy riffs, a pensive tone and a strength emanating from within that occasionally escaped through a passionate stamp of the foot.
Jack Carty, the barefoot, pony-tailed troubadour who often performs solo, was joined on stage by his touring band of bass guitar and drums, which gave his gentle, intimate tracks more of an edge and an upbeat momentum. With acoustic guitar, flawless falsetto and occasional harmonica, Carty revisited favourites like the emotional journey of Travelling Shoes and the rollicking She's Got A Boyfriend as well as the full gamut from his new EP. He grasped a few blissful solo moments, which befit the haunting rendition of Jeff Buckley's Lilac Wine and a long-winded but warranted joke about a frog in a bank.
As the penultimate gig on his The Predictable Crisis Tour, Carty brought the band back on for their last performance together and they rumbled through Tunnel Vision with some great harmonies from the bassist and an amazing mouth trumpet solo from Carty on brand new track Ok Goodbye. Set highlights would have to go to the rapid-fire lyric-based track Reasons To Be Afraid that featured some heavier drums and a great moment of piercing dynamic with Carty screaming along, and his encore rendition of the crowd-requested beauty A Master Of All Things. Jack Carty thrives on pure simplicity and honest storytelling. Each performance he delivers a different snapshot of his soul – this time he was a bit of a rock star.
This week's new sets include tunes from locals Little May (our Album Of The Week), Art Vs Science, Dan Kelly and Boy & Bear, plus releases from Tom Jones, The Decembrists and Mayday Parade.