Karine Polwart

Live Review | The Salutation, Doncaster | Review by Allan Wilkinson

After one or two problems with the sound system tonight, the Karine Polwart Band delighted a small but respectable Doncaster audience to a memorable evening of acoustic music.  The problems in getting the monitors to work correctly forced Karine to go totally acoustic, which for some can be infinitely better.  The Sal’s concert room is borderline in any case and so with Karine purposefully leaning out from the stage, she managed to get that distinctive voice of hers to the back of the room with ease.  Karine was joined by her brother Steve on guitar and Inge Thomson on accordion and backing vocals.  Because the band chose to play a totally acoustic set, the audience was treated to some really fine harmony vocals that could very easily have been lost in the mix otherwise, who knows?  Songs like “The Sun’s Comin’ Over the Hill”, “Faultlines” and “Four Strong Walls” need that delicate touch although, having said that, the opening song to both the gig and the Faultlines album, “Only One Way”, could’ve done with a full band with the PA cranked up to eleven.  It was just like the folk clubs used to be, in fact Chris Eusden who was supporting with Mike Miller, pointed out that very fact, that this is how it was always done in the good old days of Sixties folk clubs.  The band were happy, the audience were happy, it was a good gig.