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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Review: One Taste turning 7

 Sunday 11th December marked the day One Taste turned 7 years old and to mark that celebration they had a Birthday Do, which they did!
One Taste Choir.
The Bedford Globe Theatre was to be the scene for an evening of joyous Christmas/birthday fun flavoured entertainment. The First group to wow us for the evening was Eska and the One Taste Choir approximately about 46 of them which in it self was pretty impressive, especially watching them as they occupied every bit of usable space on the stage in such a precise and efficient manner. Then they began to sing, an absolutely awe inspiring sound engulfed the room rendering the entire audience gripped silently, not even a murmur amongst the crowd, and the vocal arrangement was just as precise as their physical arrangement on the stage. A fabulous way to kick the evening of with brilliantly Christmassy feel. 
Next we had Gideon a comedic acoustic singer/songwriter who can comfortably lay claim to being well versed within of the descriptive titles mentioned, an unassuming man at first glance, a humble confident man with an innate talent for seamlessly blending comedy, timing, song writing, storytelling definitely one worth checking out for all who have not had the pleasure to as yet.

Following Gideon was Stac a UK soul singer accompanied by two backing singers and a guitarist, as with most of the artist's on the bill it was a first time experience and we were totally impressed and not from a pessimistic perspective but more so from the standpoint that the level of creative talent that London is exuding is truly exciting. Stac's performance was truly splendid her delicate but soulful voice and her song writing is really something to look out for.

Daniel Marcus Clarke
 Next to the stage we had Daniel Marcus Clarke a pioneer in what has been dubbed the "Ear Film" which is in its essence exactly what it says it is. This was a one man performance including a Tenor Horn and an arpeggione (a cross between a cello and a guitar) and a soundboard. He began with a few notes from the horn, a shuffle of the feet and the few notes played became a looped audio bed for the beginning of his recital, a gripping poetic tale a well constructed piece accompanied by intermittent instrumental sounds from his arpeggione along with rhyme. Definitely a new live experience in this type of environment, one I have totally taken to.
The Noisettes
After such a captivating performance something truly special would have to follow and it did!, as The Noisettes took to the stage for what was to be a smashing performance. They delighted us with known and loved tracks such as "Wild Young Hearts" and "Never Forget You" to name a couple, along with new material which also bore the Noisettes calibre, as they performed splendidly together Shingai's vocal performance was great. The collective aura of the band completely hooked the audience, so much so that after leaving the stage at the end of their performance the screams and shouts for an encore even included what could be considered a desperate and distant "more", which seemed to do the trick as we were then graced with more music performed impeccably.

The Noisettes
On to the final act that I have the pleasure of experiencing tonight although not the last act of the night a poet Inua Ellams a very sharp and astute writer with a good understanding of stanza, structure and delivery. Along with heartfelt conveyance and what could be considered as alternative subject matter not forgetting his fabulous ability to paint such vivid picture and emotions using words and tone. Overall a brilliantly ponderous and engaging recital.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening, great audience, lovely venue, top class entertainment and last but not least good Guinness. Having experienced this event we are so thoroughly excited to see what this new year will bring for the fabulous acts which performed on the night and OneTaste, exciting time's ahead!

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