Joe Solo kicks off another fine Toft House double-header with his blend of introspective, socialist, folk. Working as a fine contextualisation for the evening’s narrative, Solo is both sincere and rallying as he blends political folk with between song sermons; a fine, call-and-response, rendition of ‘We shall overcome’ ends a set which is as hard hitting as it is soft and compassionate.
A quick change over is helpful in allowing the evening maintain its momentum as acoustic duo Bedford and Simmonds take Solo’s key messages and push them further. Beginning with North Eastern folk song ‘Hangman’, the duo’s set builds nicely around fine guitar playing from Simmonds and pitch perfect vocal harmonies which draw out the emotion within social commentary and political songs. Other highlights ‘The Davidson Wilder blues’, ‘Seven days of nothing’ and a cover of ‘In the pines’ demonstrate the growing popularity of the twosome as well as offering some insight into how they are growing into regular picks on Iggy Pop’s radio show.