Rebecca Pronsky at Woodend Tennis & Bowling Club, Glasgow
Three things stood out at Rebecca Pronskys’ gig. First, she’s a right blether (which was good), second she has a natural charm and likeability and third her songs and performance skills are exceptional.
Rebecca Pronsky was accompanied by her husband Rich Bennett on twangy electric guitar and occasional harmony singing. They were both dressed for the part; I’m no fashion historian but from where I was standing they were sporting 50’s inspired garb; Rich with sharp suit and slicked Bouffant hairdo and Rebecca with 50s inspired dress and cardigan – and distinctive rock and roll glasses. Sharp!
At root the music is 60’s 70’s singer songwriter; but what made it unique was the imaginative arrangements; drawing from traditional Country, Americana, a hint of Jazz and a large dose of retro twang guitar. Rebecca’s husband Rich played the fancy licks and modern guitar pedal ambiance. They worked well together. The fact that I had read on her website that they were just newly married added a certain sweetness to their on stage chat – in my mind anyway.
A good first set warmed the crowd up to Rebecca’s world but the gig didn’t really take off until a few songs into the second set – where the energy level shot up. Colourful anecdotes about ‘Foam Henge’ and ‘mad dashes through customs at Heathrow’ drew us in – at the same time the songs made a real connection and revealed themselves as pure gold – suddenly we where all hooked.
The songs were drawn from across Rebecca’s back catalogue including her latest album, Rise Up, released this week. The song, ‘Hard Times’ was one of many highlights (though strangely it was the only song of the night that reminded me of another artists, Irish singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan). Other songs that I particularly liked included, the title track of the new album, ‘Rise Up’, ‘Mercury News’ and probably my favourite of the night, ‘Fragile World’.
A great night of music from a natural entertainer and talented singer songwriter.
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