Review: Georgia Fair + Daniel Lee Kendall + Carry Nation at Newcastle’s Loft
Inside The Loft on Saturday, 18 June, an intimate group of people from all ages gathered to patiently wait for Georgia Fair to take the stage.
Brisbane native Carry Nation (aka Jessie Warren) opened the show, playing an array of songs from her debut album, Like a River Does. Jessie’s talent as a solo artist shined through as her haunting voice filled the room on songs such as “Phil Spektor” and “Breaking Glass”. Jessie invited fellow musician and friend Lisa Mitchell to join her on stage to sing “Runaway” which, even though unrehearsed, they sang in perfect harmony.
Daniel Lee Kendall was next on stage next showcasing his incredible talent and his skill at playing multiple instruments. He shared stories from the tour so far that included details of Raspberry & Cheesecake subway cookies and games of backgammon in the tour van. Daniel played songs from his early EPs Lost in the Moment and Talk the Night Away such as “Kings and Queens” and “My Love to Be” as well as debuting some unreleased material off his upcoming album due out later this year. Partway through the set Daniel bravely jumped off stage to sit in the middle of the room and belt out a few of his tunes acoustically. His voice carried through the whole room and you could see the excitement in the audience’s eyes as they sat so closely to one of their favourite musicians.
Finally it was the time for Georgia Fair to take to the stage and put on the show that the crowd were waiting for. Ben and Jordan both looked extremely comfortable on stage as they played songs off their EP Times Fly including the title track, and tunes off their self titled EP such as “Picture Frames”. Georgia Fair debuted some new tunes off their upcoming album including a song where Ben demonstrated his new found talents at playing the clarinet. Similar to Daniel both Ben and Jordan left the stage to sit down in the audience and play their mellow tunes to the intimate audience. The boys jumped back up on stage to play their final songs including their single “Marianne”, during which Lisa Mitchell and Jessie Warren joined them at the front of the stage to perform some interpretive dance.
To close the show Daniel joined both Ben and Jordan in the crowd to cover America’s “A Horse with No Name”. It was melodic and a great way to close the show.