Friday, 13 April 2012

Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell at The Sage Gateshead

Published on Thursday 12 April 2012 09:11

NEWCASTLE-based folk duo Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell have bags of charm.

Delivering original and traditional material with equal delicacy, the pair - who met while studying folk and traditional music at Newcastle University - quickly won over an attentive audience which included family members of both performers, in the intimate setting of The Sage’s Hall 2.

There were several highlights, including Lucy’s haunting unaccompanied version of Peggy Gordon - a traditional song long associated with the late and great Luke Kelly, of The Dubliners - plus Green Leaved Trees and Down in Adairsville.

But as good as the duo are, I started to have nagging doubts about how they will develop, once their youthful charm wears off.

Kearney is an interesting, offbeat singer and songwriter, but his little-boy-lost stage persona could have a short shelf life.

Farrell, meanwhile, has a voice and a personality which could develop in several musical directions.

It will be intriguing to see what lies in store for this talented, quirky duo, who only released their debut album in October.

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