Hurray For The Riff Raff

Hurray For The Riff Raff

Hurray For The Riff Raff

Cluny, Newcastle

19th January 2017

Hurray For The Riff Raff start 2017 off with a bang with their exceptional new album as they play a plethora of new tracks in Newcastle.

As they gear up to release their eighth studio album The Navigator, Hurray For The Riff Raff set about a warm up tour across the UK and Europe. Tonight they land in Newcastle to a sold out Cluny Two, with a cold snap biting outside the room is boiling. As Rhona Dalling takes to the stage with her banjo and fiddle alongside her guitarist, her delicate songs are greeted with a respectful silence.

Her tracks are particularly autobiographical and are delivered with heartfelt passion, and at times a good sense of humour. It’s a soft set that has the crowd under her spell as she maintains the mild atmosphere, in many ways it doesn’t really prepare for the crowd for the tour de force that is about to take to the stage. However, it’s a relaxing and gentle set as Rhona showcases her music beautifully.

With the venue fit to burst and the crowd eager for more music Hurray For The Riff Raff take the stage to an emphatic reception, it’s a set cut with the hits but more importantly a plethora of tracks from The Navigator. With Alynda in top form as she tears through these exciting tracks, the new material riles the crowd as much as the old. Her power and passion coursing through every track, when she puts her guitar down she’s quick to taunt the audience.

It’s an exceptional display from Alynda even during the slower Good Time Blues, there is an unbridled intensity that has you hanging from her every word. Of course the likes of The Body Electric and Blue Ridge Mountain are met with huge excitement, but the likes of Hungry Ghost and Rican Beach are met with similar fervency from this packed crowd. These new tracks are laden with instant hooks many of which are sure to become staples of their set.

The new tracks certainly have the desired impact tonight, with people almost instantly singing along as the band deliver a near faultless performance. Their energy and enthusiasm is infectious and this rubs off on tonight’s crowd as they look ready to continue all night long, but alas all good things must come to end for now anyway! However, if this is only the warm up to the year then we certainly cannot wait to see what the rest of the year has to hold for them, as tonight they put on a truly brilliant show.

Hurray For The Riff Raff can be found online here They’re also on Facebook and tweet as @HFTRR.

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All words and photos by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee at his Louder Than War author’s archive, he also tweets as @Napzap.

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