SCHWA - A LARK Saturday 10 March
7.30pm HEART Centre £5
|Richard Ormrod, Jacqui Wicks and Peter Spafford|
SCHWA is Peter Spafford on piano and vocals, Richard Ormrod on too many instruments to list, and chanteuse Jacqui Wicks. They are stalwarts of the Litfest, having premiered both Threshold and I Am Alive in previous years. Here they preview Bird Songs, their forthcoming performance piece about the wonder and mystery of feathered creatures - and throw in some old favourites.
Playful, but not frivolous; intricately constructed songs that constantly surprise whilst sounding like you’ve always known them. It’s good to know that music can still bring new joy. (Pancakes for Davros)
Vivid lyricism and authentic vocals blended with fantastic, eclectic arrangements. (Testament)
There’s a northern ambience to the whole thing. Listening to it in Switzerland, this feels to me like its particular character. (Merz)
New Parlour? Fairport meets Threepenny Opera? Schwa take poems by a range of dead poets and set them to intelligent, emotive music.