Gig Review : A Night Of Nordic Melodies at The Emporium Cafe, Yeovil, with Larry Turner and Grace Fahy accompanied by Ashley Jones & Cal Shortland, and support from Sophie Joanne
Well, to try and put an account of this ‘live show with supper’ event into words is not an easy task, in short it was an absolutely outstanding experience! The room was packed out with a hugely supportive, eclectic audience, all ages and all walks of life, Somerset’s finest from Yeovil and beyond. The atmosphere was incredible: the room filled with excited people, even more so that they were all out out on a weekday night and about to witness something brand new for their beloved Yeovil!
The food from the supper menu and drinks being turned out (seemingly effortlessly) by The Emporium Café team, every bit living up to their strong reputation, delicious, beautifully plated dishes and stylish cocktails, wines and beers, enjoyed by all. There was a sense of anticipation in the room, no one quite knowing what to expect.. what even is a Nordic Melody? Then, the stage was taken by our support act, the beautiful, pure voice of Sophie Joanne and her guitar, always such a pleasure to listen to this local gem. I lose myself in her enchantment, as she easily wins with some superb ballads! A voice so soft and gentle coupled with a strength and confidence, against the back drop of her unfailing guitar, a rare mix of talents and such an authentic delight.
After a short interlude, enter the main event, Grace, Larry, Cal & Ashley. Very well known to us over the years, having played their live music at The Emporium Cafe on multiple occasions, now about to show us another side to their musicianship - Nordic Melodies. The music started and the stunning renditions kept on coming, Grace taking the lead with her beautifully powerful and tuneful vocals (what a range she has!!) against a backdrop of deep, primeval strength, garnered through the study of centuries of traditional, ancient music, which came resonating from the rest of the band. The passion and belief in the Nordic culture, came through so clearly in the music, which was excellently represented by our talented guests.
Grace and Larry had spent time this year in ‘The North’ connecting with Nordic culture and understanding the people and the Nordic heritage, which over the centuries, laid down the traditional music we witnessed. It was an absolute one off, memorable evening, surely to go down in ‘Emporium’ history. We thank all who joined us, entertained us and served us, you are all exceptionally wonderful people. See our Events page for details of of next live music with supper dates.