We were lucky enough to be privy to a short notice performance by local fiddle player, Nicola Beazley, and Somerset lad Alex Cumming, on vocals and accordion, at The Pack Horse Inn, Old Birtle. It amazes me that so much music can resonate from only two people. It's clear that these two are not only professional and highly skilled at their craft, but have done a lot of rehearsal, performance, and study together.
It was a very apt venue, a rustic country pub, with real fires and real ale. So, for me anyway, there seemed to be a real synergy between the music and the venue. Also, because it was a short notice performance, and on Monday night, it wasn't overly busy. Which made it feel even more cosy and personal. They performed numerous sets, of which I can't remember many titles, mainly because I was just so chilled absorbing the music, but also because the morning after there's a bit of a merge of tunes in my head.
Aside from their excellent musicianship, Alex is quite an entertaining compare too: getting numerous laughs from the audience, without being daft or puerile. More importantly, his skills on the accordion were mesmerising, and confidence in delivering a song, validated. Nicola's craft on the fiddle is equally mesmerising, with a real soulful range of tones, timbres, and tempos. They played a few of her own compositions, which were well crafted and performed flawlessly. Nicola also did a hauntingly beautiful Gaelic solo piece which silenced the pub, until the applause of course.
All in all, I feel quite privileged to have known about it, and blessed to have attended. I hope a wider local audience is blessed with their performance again soon...