Saturday, August 28, 2010

Not Least @ Latitude - Part 9 - Cevanne

Gaggle opened the Lake Stage on Sunday - it was a suprise extra at midday.

At a three day festival Sunday morning can be something of a struggle. Gaggle has however been making waves all year.   While on that subject this London-based vocal ensemble deserve a big shout for drawing in a large, possibly somewhat incredulous, tired or hung-over crowd at midday as a 'Special Guest' slot...

Their performance in The Union Chapel, London in the spring of this year was raved about and, after this one, I can now see exactly why that might be.

The assembled were again modest in number when Cevanne opened the stage for real on Sunday lunchtime.  She, and her band even more so, looked nervous as hell as they came on stage.
Latitude has a policy of showcasing local artists - and Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian is indeed a Suffolk lass - but the artistic influences are more eastern European and Levantine than strictly east Suffolk. That she is a dancer and harpist only adds to the cross-over theme however.

By the end of the set they had the biggest crowd I have ever seen at the Lake Stage on Sunday lunch time and fully deserved it too. This is what a swelling and appreciative audience - their biggest ever and at the band's first ever festival performance - can do for confidence...
You might even ask the crowd to sing along!
[and also use coconut shells as percussion in a live setting]

They nailed it.  OMG we all heard that, so another one to watch.
Cevanne live @ Latitude 2010. The forthcoming album is 'Big Ears'.

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