Katherine Abbott at The Old Post Office

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Katherine Abbott at The Old Post Office

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Well that might be described as a double ambition fulfilled in one trip.

I set off on Sunday to catch Katherine Abbott at Pete Willow's monthly CVFolk event at the Albany Theatre only to learn on arrival that due to her current globe trotting schedule (she's not long returned from gigs in the USA), a hold up at the airport had stymied her appearance. (And don't forget how busy she has also been with WLDFLWRS and other Street Arts Project activities).

So I was delighted that less than a week had elapsed before I could put it right as she was performing at the Old Post Office in Warwick: a venue very high on my bucket list. That is because not only have they been putting some of my favourite artists on in recent weeks (including Jack Blackman & the Beautiful Wreck, Wes Finch, Matt Lakey & Ben Haines), but also on a more general level I wanted to help promote that sadly rare phenomenon, a pub (and it's a compact one so make sure you get there in good time to secure your place) which features the best of local original artists.

This is the sort of venue we all need to support.

Pleased as I was to get there and catch part of Katherine's set, inevitably more own constraints limited me to a brief catch up with her (look out for releases of her beautiful music soon) and a few numbers. But I saw enough. It was the first time I've seen her play electric guitar and that in itself was something of a revelation as her playing style on it gave her the opportunity to let it chime out and create yet more space for her haunting vocals. I really look forwards to being able to attend a full set & hopefully hear some of her new songs.

Meanwhile, with upcoming attractions including Hokum & Hooch and more Wes & Jack, I should very much like to return to the Old Post Office and catch more fine music: the atmosphere was ideal yesterday with a full house easily attained & a rapt & supportive audience for Katherine.

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