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Friday, 12 October 2012

Gigs - Ahab - Bury Met

Star rating - 8/10
If you haven't heard of Ahab yet then do yourself a favour and catch them whilst they are still playing great smaller venues like Bury Met. They are a five piece country band from North London (but let's not hold that against them!), who may just catch the wave of the current Mumford & Sons folkish euphoria.

 They seem to genuinely love playing live to small but enthusiastic audiences, and their toe tapping enthusiasm is definitely infectious. Tonight they played great numbers to get the crowd going like Wish You, and Call A Waiter. They have the obligatory heartbreak numbers too like Joanna, which just happens to be my favourite number of theirs too. They beautifully blend fabulous harmonies with delightful tunes. 

 When I saw them last at the Deaf Institute in Manchester they were playing as a three piece, as charismatic and clearly very talented guitarist Cal was ill. I really enjoyed them that night, but his added presence, along with their drummer too, certainly makes them a musical force to be reckoned with.

 They have a new CD 'Live In London' out soon which will be worth checking out as it includes great tracks including She's Wearing Red, and Woman's Arms - both sounded fabulous tonight.

 They are a friendly, charming and energetic bunch of guys. And their near Acapella version of My Father's Eyes in the crowd as part of the encore was lovely. If Ahab don't put a smile on your face and a wiggle in your hips you are clearly beyond hope! 

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