In such an intimate setting as a yurt, an acoustic session could very easily go awry, but seated less than a metre from John McNamara and his guitar as his bluesy tunes floated through the air I felt nothing but a sense of privilege. McNamara’s rough-around-the-edges vocals contrast beautifully with the clarity of his expert guitar strumming to create an exceptional musical experience. This incredibly talented gentleman, who launches his debut album this year, shares his passionate blues originals as well as some soul/blues covers, and beautifully reinvents classic pop tunes such as Men at Work’s classic ‘Down Under’. A few more covers, perhaps from a different genre, might elevate this concert further, but ultimately, it’s a deeply satisfying show.
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 2-26 Aug, 12.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Ellie Willis]