In the male dominated world of electroacoustic music, one often has to venture into alternative folk territory to enjoy the voice of female musicians and so the perfect way to warm up on a freezing December night in Dalston was to catch Sharron Kraus, Tara Burke aka Fursaxa and Meg Baird sharing the bill at Cafe OTO…
Kraus, Fursaxa and Baird have all played together in different guises in the past, such as the lovely Tau Emerald, producing what has been variously labelled as acoustic psychedelia and avant-folk. At Cafe OTO, though, they played separate sets.
Joined by Nancy Wallace and Nick Palmer on guitar and bouzouki Sharron Kraus presented tales of love and loss updating the traditional British folk idiom with carefully crafted songs hinged on restraint.
Next up was Fursaxa (the name apparently is what Tara Burke’s telephone number spelled out as in a house where she used to live). Tara introduced a healthy dose of electronics into the proceedings with multiply-tracked vocals layered onto a looped and delayed sound base mixing bells and Farfisa giving a medieval and shamanistic quality to her sound.
Meg Baird rounded up the night with a generous set in which she played mostly material from her latest album Seasons on Earth coupled with a selection of covers from I don’t Wanna Talk About It, to perfectly chosen numbers by Marc Almond and Kurt Vile.
To sum up the evening I cannot think of a better way than to quote the lyrics from Meg Baird’s song Stars Climb Up The Vine.
High and insane, I walked out
I thought it all out:
No one is listening to you,
Or to me
We could just go together
And find the darkest roof/room
And find the dark
And the light too