Thursday 23 August 2012 | By Dave Fargnoli
ED2012 Music Review: The Showhawk Duo
Describing themselves as a musical mixing bowl, this talented acoustic duo certainly throw together some wildly different ingredients. Mikhail is a classically trained guitarist with a dizzyingly fast playing style, while Jake is a metal head who adds driving power chords to every track. Their combined sound is complex and unique, and their up tempo takes on everything from Jimi Hendrix to Django Reinhardt to a ‘Jungle Book’ medley are infectiously catchy, and if they spend too long chatting between tracks, it doesn’t detract from their accomplished musicianship. At one point they affably complain about their constant comparison to similar high speed guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. The truth, though, is they’re a lot dafter, and a lot more fun.
SpaceCabaret @ 54, 3-25 Aug (not 10), times vary.
tw rating 4/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]