“Don’t.. go back.. to Dalston…” sang Razorlights Johnny Borrell.. so when I stepped off the train in London’s hipsterville Dalston for the Basia Bulat gig at Servant Jazz Quarters.. I was wondering if ‘going’ back was such a good idea. The Servant Jazz Quarters is a small cosy bar hidden down a side street and with no sign to identify itself one could easily blink and miss it. In fact that’s pretty much what I did. Walking past.. the stocky bouncer shouted at me… “Here it is.. this is the place you’re looking for….”. Wow. Amazing. How did he know. He was right though. It was the place I was looking for.
Down in the small basement – was the perfect setting for a cosy musical affair with Basia Bulat. A cute Canadian folk singer songwriter in town for a one off gig. My reason for stepping back out on hipstervilles streets. I’d listened to Basia Bulat online – but my feeling with this sort of music, is that the beauty is in the experience of the event. As a solo artist swapping between harp and piano, Basia exudes an onstage charismatic confidence.. she must be surely safe in the knowledge that her pure talent will guide her through the intimate performance and her fingers pluck at the harp so naturally it is as if they have been best friends for a very long time.
Her music.. carries a reflectiveness that helped guide those in the room into meditative daydreams, reflection and a joy in the shared humanity of the powerful vulnerability of Basia’s lyrics..
I put Basia Bulat on my highly recommended list. An amazing artist. Currently on tour in the US she’ll be back in London for a gig in Islington soon.. so look out for those dates: www.basiabulat.com
Basia’s third album “Tall Tall Shadow” will be released on 30th September via Secret City Records co-produced album with Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury and Mark Lawson.. listen HERE: