The Kambourines

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

The Kambourines gave their first proper concert since arriving in this country tonight at the Sal.  The young student band are made up of two Norweigians (Ragnhild and Endre) and a young Liverpudlian called Dan, who really doesn’t look old enough to be in a pub in the first place, well none of them do to be perfectly honest.  Their songwriting and performance skills however, are as mature as it gets.  They came over from Liverpool in April to take part in one of the Sal’s open mic nights and it was inevitable that they would be making a return visit as the main guests before too long.  Tonight they wooed the audience with their finely tuned melodic songs and exceptionally strong three part harmony singing.  You can’t help but like their cute between-songs-banter and loveable broken English (and that’s just the scouser!).  Songs like “Wailing Wall”, “Blame This Love”, “Doug & Carrie” and “Peter Pan” (all to be found on their My Space page) sit well next to their covers of Townes Van Zandt and Johnny Cash covers.  Their encore of Cash’s “I Still Miss Someone” was just simply gorgeous and brought the evening to a fitting close.