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12107758_633735880102414_5016402366680393700_nAnd of course the reason that I couldn’t attend the gig mentioned below is because it was Songs of Praise at The Victoria, the place where that brand name first came into being almost a decade ago. Alex rains ford has played for us a couple of times before and plus a trade of dynamic folk rock that can shift from soaring crescendos to quite interludes in the space of a breath. Support was Charlie Bath, someone who I have watched mature as an artist over the last eight or so years. Tonight she was joined by Alex on guitar and vocals and for a few songs Becky bates also on vocals, wife of friend and local music producer Sam. Charlie’s set was spell binding, the voices flowed together perfectly and the room was pretty much hushed into submission with the exception of a few load lads who we encouraged to tone it down before they decided to leave.

Opening the night were Polar Front, a fantastic new band who had played stripped down set at The Shuffle earlier in the year and who I was keen to see as a full band experience. And what a great experience it was, shimmering, cinematic indie, post-punk shoe gazing meets post rock songs structures and I have to make mention of vocalist Sophie, an amazing voice that belies her age.

Yet more proof that good things happen in parochial towns such as Swindon.

Charlie Bath covering Ryan Adam’s Go Easy