Basia Bulat – Workman’s Club – Live Review – 17-04-16
A Canadian invasion took place in the Workman’s Club last night. It was a surprise to get the Weather Station as the support act. They’re a band fronted by Toronto artist, Tamara Lindeman that make a sultry, late-night bar sound reminiscent of the Cowboy Junkies. Her voice has often been compared to that of Joni Mitchell, which is no faint praise! Those in the Kilkenny area should check them out in the Roots Festival in a few weeks time.
As Basia Bulat and band came on stage it started to make sense, as the three members of the Weather Station also formed part of her backing band. Basia has recently released her fourth album Good Advice, and you can read our review here. The tempo of the night immediately changed and it was a nice contrast to the slow set that had gone before. Basia pumped life into the room with her charisma and upbeat songs.
Basia showed her skills with a variety of musical instruments, as she played the guitar, keyboard, autoharp along with one track on the ukulele. She opened the night with Let Me In, which is a thoroughly likeable pop song. The new album formed the centre point of the night, with songs like La La Lie, Long Goodbye, Good Advice and Infamous. We also got a stripped down cover version of Damaged by Primal Scream, but in truth it would be hard for Basia to sound quite as damaged as Bobby Gillespie!
The crowd on the night were slightly hesitant, as is typical on a Sunday night. The small empty space at the front of the stage remained a constant until Basia took matters into her own hands and came down from the stage to dance with unsuspecting members of the audience. It would be hard not to like this smiling Canadian!
She ended the night with Infamous, a charging keyboard driven song. She returned for a one song encore ‘It can’t be you’ on the aforementioned ukulele. Basia said it was the first time she had visited these shores in six years, we hope her next visit is considerably sooner.
Set List –
Let Me In
La La Lie
Heart of My Own
In The Night
Damaged (Primal Scream cover)
Tall Tall Shadow
It Can’t Be You