The Future Shock presented a night at the Fermain Tavern celebrating the diversity and talent of some of Guernsey acoustic and solo performers.
It was Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. who coined the phrase “There’s still something of worth in just an acoustic and a voice” in his song An Oak Tree, and tonight this is a statement The Future Shock set out to prove true, and the artists performing did a sterling job of doing so.
First up was The Phantom Cosmonaut, my musical alter ego, so it’s not really my place to review that set – if you fancy sharing your thoughts there’s a comment box at the bottom of the page.
But here’s a video from the show recorded by Rob Hunter (cheers Rob):
So, onto Adam Powell who took to the stage second.
With a long experience of playing live music both in Guernsey and further afield (one of the first gigs I remember going to featured one of Adam’s previous bands playing in the now defunct venue under the OGH hotel), it was clear tonight gave Adam a chance to show off more of his skills than his regular Wednesday night appearances at The White Hart.
With an impressive selection of original songs and covers his set tonight mixed regular style guitar playing with percussive and lap style playing which by itself demonstrated the diversity of acoustic guitar music and the quality of his songwriting.
Next came The Crowman. Armed with his usual selection of instruments (tonight two acoustic guitars, a banjo and a bouzouki all made an appearance) he also brought out his unique ‘drum kit’ consisting of a bass drum with tambourine and homemade device made of wooden poles and bottle caps all ‘activated’ by a kick pedal.
With his garage-folk sound bolstered by blues and gospel elements and Emma Weldon’s excellent fiddle playing, tonight’s set was a great outing packed with energy and featured a new song which could easily become a favourite, alongside more established numbers such as Lucifer Lady and The Robert Johnson Resurrection Blues.
Finally tonight it was the turn of acoustic blues performer Robert J Hunter to take to the stage.
Having first made his name co-fronting Alderney’s Rawcuz Crowzz, the last year has seen Rob’s performance develop and mature to something with a unique character all his own, but fitting firmly in with the acoustic blues tradition.
With an EP released last summer and some new songs added to his repertoire of original material, tonight saw Rob really hitting his stride that could, with the right circumstances, take him a long way.
All in all tonight showed just a small selection of the diversity of solo guitar based music on offer in Guernsey and presented a refreshing change from the usual full band gigs I normally attend.