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Oh Sister – Grapevine @ Bedfords Norwich
We were very excited at the prospect of seeing Oh Sister at Grapevine @ Bedfords in Norwich last week. Especially as Sarah (Oh Sister) is one of Lois’ (my daughter’s) best friends.
I had previously had the delight of hearing her powerful, dulcet tones on You Tube, so to see her live in Norwich was a massive thrill. Oh Sister’s usual circuit is in London. It was while playing a gig here, the son of Steve Howlett (Grapevine’s organiser) heard Sarah and recommended his dad get her to play in his monthly Grapevine slot.
Norwich has no shortage of musical venues and it was a great surprise to find yet another one. We only previously knew this as a restaurant and bar. It is such an amazing, atmospheric room with it’s high beamed ceiling creating a perfect environment for acoustics.
Arriving at 8.30pm the room was already full. Ash Woolnough was playing his set. A fantastic voice and some soulful tunes accompanied by his electric guitar, a Stratocaster if I’m not mistaken.
Finally Oh Sister took to the stage. It was Sarah’s first gig outside of London. Not surprisingly her introduction was a little nervous. After some brief guitar tuning and tweaking, I eagerly and slightly nervously anticipated the first notes. Then it came, Wow! It was as though another person had stepped outside of this quietly confident woman that stood before us. I felt quite emotional as the power of her voice and sound of the guitar flooded the room. Her confidence grew as she belted out the lyrics with a beautiful original, Don’t Leave, followed by One More Cup Of Coffee (Bob Dylan) then a really lovely version of This Side of The Blue (Joanna Newsom)
Sarah has a gorgeous, unique rich, melodic voice and sound. It’s hard not to draw comparisons to some famous female vocalists past and present and puts me in mind of Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) Melanie and more recently Laura Marling.
I think she will go a long way and eagerly await her return to Norwich, possibly with her band. I can’t wait. (And not forgetting Kings Lynn’s own Jake Morrell who rounded off a perfect night of great music).
So it just goes to show, Norwich has rich cultural events happening all the time and whether you love music, comedy, theatre or art, there are events happening all over the city if you just take a moment to seek them out! I’m glad I did!
Here’s Oh Sister’s latest video for Hot and Cold: