Last night in St George’s church in Belfast, the Bodnarchuk Element had the pleasure of seeing the Webb Sisters perform. For me, some songs were a blast from a recent past, (i.e. If it Be Your Will) and of course all were splendidly performed. Hattie and Charley are witty, engaging, and fun on stage. As a two-piece they deliver the goods fully and dynamically with guitar, harp, mandolin, and some percussion foot-trickery by Charley. As ever, their vocal harmonies were, to quote a certain Canadian singer/songwriter/poet, ‘sublime’.
The main set was around 80 minutes, and for an encore they took to the aisle — harp and two voices, no amplification — and serenaded the audience. I think my daughter (too cool for school) was rather taken with it. The church setting made it all the more special — like being transported back hundreds of years, to a time when strings and voice were all you needed for a bit of uplifting.
My son and I wanted to trash the dressing room and stuff oranges in the Webbs’ shoes, but Elaine wouldn’t let us.