Sunday, 15 June 2014

Live in 2014: Hatful Of Rain - The Chattery, Swansea, Friday 13th June 2014

Once again, my favourite Swansea venue has come up trumps with a performance by the Brighton based Hatful Of Rain.

It was the first time I had seen the band live and I've got to say they completely blew me away.
I first came across the band on a Bob Harris session with their infectious mix of Bluegrass, Country and Folk songs. They are quietly building up a growing reputation as an exceptional live band with a growing catalogue of first class songs.

The four piece are comprised of Chloe Overton on vocals and various stringed instruments, Phil Jones on Bass, guitar and vocals, Fred Gregory on Mandolin, Guitar, vocals and James Shenton on Fiddle.

This year's tour is to support the recently released album The Morning Key which is their second album. So unsurprisingly, the set was based very much on these new songs.

Hatful of Rain joined by Tony Mear on Banjo for a few tracks

The band played two sets this evening which selected tracks from both of their albums.

The band are all obviously accomplished musicians and the humour during the show is an added bonus.

Part Two of tonight's show opened up with a delightful surprise with the band playing a wonderful version of Swedish Duo First Aid Kit track Emmylou

The songs from the second album show how the band have progressed from their debut, Way Up On The Hill. And the new album has a great production from Al Scott, who was a producer and is now a member of the brilliant Oysterband.

The set ended with a spirited version of the new single These Streets

The band finished the show with an encore of the Promised Land and the final track from the new album, Little Bird.

The audience tonight gave round applause and brought the best out of the band - The Chattery may be small but the audience is ALWAYS perfectly formed and well informed and appreciative of quality music. And tonight, they were pleased.

Twitter - @Hatful_of_Rain

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