Last Thursday The Field put on a brilliant show at the 505 venue, playing plenty of smooth and warm tracks from their new album ‘Merle Takes A Holiday’. The audience was also treated to the smoky vocals of the brilliantly talented Tina Harrod who gave a captivating and magnetic performance over the evening.
The Field – consisting of founder and slide guitarist Bruce Reid, guitarist John Stuart, bassist Lloyd Swanton and, drummer Hamish Stuart – played a diverse series of songs throughout the night. From ‘Light on Your Feet’ (An aptly named light-footed track.) to the title song ‘Merle Takes a Holiday’, evocative of palm trees and road-trips into brightly coloured sunsets.
Early in the performance Bruce Reid introduced us to the BanSitar, a new instrument combining the exotic sounds of the sitar with the playing techniques and tuning of the banjo. This odd marriage made for a playful and striking sound in tracks such as Bansitarra Waltz.
Overall the evening was a wonderful ride on the full spectrum of The Field’s talents. The 505 staff were welcoming and attentive and the atmosphere was idyllic and cheerful.
The next Eastside Live @505 event will feature Sydney based instrumental quintet Takadimi, Thursday the 13th of September.
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