I was surprised how hard it was to write this. I think that the musicianship was so far out of my own league that I just got too self conscious about the amateurish lack of proper research and clarity ... but here is how it goes:
QUERCUS – June Tabor
/ Huw Warren
/ Iain Ballamy
Leeds College of Music Venue, March 12 2006
For forty years June Tabor has had no equal in turning narrative songs into emotional and spiritual experience. As a school girl singing Festés "Come Away Death" in Twelfth Night, as a teenage folk performer duetting with her friend Polly Bolton at the Heart of England Folk Club, with the Oysterband singing a definitive version of "All Tomorrow's Parties", or singing with Huw Warren on a jazz festival stage in Berlin, she can stop time and draw tears from the stoniest heart. She sings with compassion, honesty, stoicism and a painfully acute sense of life's transitory hold.
Tonight, as befits real art, we don't know what to expect. The tickets promise "June Tabor Trio". …