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Taylor and the Mason

To avoid future missed 'Moments' — see the review of last week's Live Music below — get yourself down to the Lord C this Thursday, tomorrow 16th February. Taylor and the Mason will definitely find the spot, and you will feel free, as free as it is to get in. 

Taylor and the Mason are an acoustic duo from the North West, singer-songwriters Sally Mason and Becky Taylor. They have been gigging and pedalling their own brand of folky-acoustic-pop style of music for about two years.

Having met at uni, they only realised that they could both sing and play guitars after they had graduated and so with a little bit more time on their hands decided to hit the harmonies.

Their influences vary wildly from Motown, Rock and Roll, to Joni Mitchell. Expect an eclectic mix of acoustic sounds with extremely close harmonies.

#Reviews
Here's what Taylor and the Mason paid people to say about them: 
"Oh you're like two Joni Mitchells on speed"
"Taylor and the Mason took me by surprise, amazingly close harmonies"
"You're dead good and that, but need funds for a guitar strap!"

See you there 

Taylor and the Mason at The Lord Combermere Audlem 16th February 2012 9.00pm

#Moments
Last week's Live Music at the Lord C review

Last Thursday night at the Lord C, David Bowie's 'Let's Dance' was a 'moment, as we say, a version played live as part of the encore to Phil Maddocks' set at the Lord C.

More later, so let's set the scene.

Opening with a Richard Thompson number, Maddocks' set reflected the influences in his self-penned material, 'Bed rest and water', 'Polish the glass', 'And so the girl' to pick out a few from the first half set.

As we enjoyed a version of 'The Fisherman's Blues', a Waterboys track during the second half set, that Phil stamped his own vocally, Nick Bayes added a warm depth on acoustic bass.

The dynamics really edged the second half set with the evergreen Alisdair McKenzie joining the now duo on sax, alto clarinet and bass clarinet through the following numbers and into the encore. 

From a list of self penned numbers, 'Tricky and pretty' and 'White Water' were highlights. Then, this is where the 'moment' came.

#The Moment
Following Phil's masterful version of Marvin Gaye's 'Ain't that peculiar', with Bayes on bass and McKenzie on bass clarinet, Phil moved into the 'Let's dance'. Bayes retired from the stage and Alisdair switched to sax and the magic began.

From the clean acoustic guitar to Maddocks' vocal, the scene was set — if the Bowie track was about to be owned at this moment, the sax nailed it.

This is what Live Music is about — this line up of musicians was a one-off, the choice of track, voted for by the audience, was far from usual for this style of acoustic set.

No-one, other than those there, will ever witness that moment again.