It is perhaps a sad happening that the discovery of the majority of great artists I whom I enjoy seeing live is attributable to the undeniable allure of the guest musicians. This was definitely the case on the fifteenth of February, when, having missed Tim Minchin's promotion of the event on his twitter page, he told me of his cousin Lucy Fisher's album launch, which would be taking place the following night. Knowing little about her work other than the fact that she's a violinist and singer-songwriter, I told a few friends and we tottered along to the Toff in Town for what we were hoping would be a good night out.
We were not disappointed. Support act Lee Rosser kicked off the night with some catchy tunes and impressive acoustic guitar skills, perfectly complimented by his vocals. With a drummer who gave the vibe of both knowing and truly feeling what he was doing (I believe it was Nicky Bomba), there was some major foot-tapping and shoulder-shaking going on at our table at the Toff.
Lucy herself was a sight to behold. Opening her set with a haunting violin cadenza that held the room as though entranced, her beautifully gutsy vocals lend a sense of honesty to her edgy rock. There's no denying it; this chick has spunk, and seeing her live is something I'd thoroughly recommend if the opportunity ever arises. Would that I could remember the name of the backing vocalist, who brought guitar influences from the West Indies to the performance and sang perfectly fitting harmonies to Lucy's melodies.
Later in the show, Tim Minchin hopped on the keys and played with the band for a few songs, including a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song, "Dreams". Perhaps one of my favourite parts of the show (besides Lucy's solo performance of her song, "Connection", with naught but her and her guitar) was a duet between Tim and Lucy, covering the song "I Feel Like Going Home", originally by the Notting Hillbillies. As if Tim's sweet vocals and the warm support of the piano weren't enough, Lucy's strings really makes this simple cover something special.
I managed to get some footage of it, as well as "Dreams". There's a bit of noise in the picture because my camera couldn't cope with the reflections of the disco ball, but the audio's fairly good.