Friday, 5 February 2010

Jamie Abbott, Chloe Blackwell & Kah - 04/02/10

...and so we're back. A little later than planned but the PAS diaries have returned from their extended Winter holidays.

If you battled through the dreary weather and found yourself stranded without a place to go this fine evening then really you should have frequented the Met for another fine instalment of the Portobello Acoustic Sessions.
Tonight saw the artistic talents or 3 fine artists taking to the stage, leaving all those in attendance in stunned silence at the bountiful pleasures they had just received. The night kicked off with a newcomer to the PAS stage; Kah who'd travelled from the darkest depths of Catford to play us her personal take on the dark stylings of Electronica. 'Electronica!?' I hear you say..'at an acoustic night?' Yes.

Kah produced a sound reminiscent of the early ninties Trip Hop classics with much more recent dance twists, painting theatrical scenes of Love, Death and Childhood memories intersperced with spoken word sections which kept everyone glued to their seats.

Second up was Chloe Blackwell with her welcome return to the sessions for a second sitting. Stand out tracks such as 'Brown Eyed Boy' and 'Ain't No Sunshine' (Bill Withers) showcased her R'n'B / Soul vocal sound which was complemented by the more than capable Sam on acoustic guitar. Since arriving in London in 2007 Chloe has consistantly produced high quality tunes that both tug at the heart strings, and suck you into the picture she is painting. Glad to have you back at PAS Chloe.

Due to a cancellation the night included only 3 artists this evening however that in no way detracted from the quality of the final artist Jamie Abbott; who returned this evening accompanied by his trusty band of Cahon and Bass Guitar. This incredibly tight trio produced Blues and Country tinged songs which had the entire audience tapping away in time on the nearest available surface. Such appreciation was shown from those assembled that an encore of the Jackson 5's 'Want You Back' was added to the equation aswell, which left everyone present with something they wouldnt want to forget for a long time.

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