Focus Wales festival
This could be history in the making.
One of those ‘I was there’ moments as the Anchoress takes the stage in a dusty upstairs room for one of those guerrilla gigs so beloved my the modern day music event.
Focus Wales is a great event – they have somehow created a music conference/festival in a small Welsh market town with a high level of bands and content and it’s beginning to really boom.
The Anchoress (real name Catherine Anne Davies) is a perfect fit. Her plaintive, emotional and deeply original songs are captivating and restless. This is the kind of shape shifting emotional skree and high intelligence that made prime time Kate Bush so compelling. Not that the enigmatic singer is any copyist. She has her own thing, her own sound that is hard to place as she switches from piano to fronting a very tight band as they deliver the focussed songs with the air of a group that knows this is the beginning of a long and cool journey.
There may have been some dates on the Simple Mids tour where she appeared on stage but this is the real live debut and they sound ready made. The songs are pop in that they ensnare you with their tendrils of melody and the moods and beauty of their content leaves a deep and lasting impression as they are culled from her acclaimed debut album that took over three painstaking years to finish. An album of beguiling and 21st century feminine songs.
The Anchoress is a glimpse into a very favourable future.