Keston Cobblers Club – “Almost Home” Review

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Keston Cobblers Club are: Matthew Lowe, Julia Lowe, Tom Sweet, Bethan Ecclestone and Harry Stasinopoulos

After admitting to never listening to folk music, 2017 has seen a surge in folk related gig reviews and music reviews. The next in this chain are “Keston Cobblers Club” a ridiculous name that is matched so well by the five piece’s eclectic, wild tastes in music. New album “Almost Home” was released last week to a number of positive reviews and it’s been on repeat all week in our office too.

Unlike many bands doing this folk style music right now, “Keston Cobblers Club” don’t seem to be deliberately trying to mainstream their sound and have focussed heavily on the song writing rather than over the top production. What has been created as a result, is a beautiful set of mixed tracks that offer something for everyone. Track one “Almost Home” is mellow and has a nice tone to it, but I was very glad that the slower style did not continue throughout the record.

The bands skills on a range of instruments from banjo to trumpet is exceptional and in tracks “Concord” and “Bicycles” you just want it to be summer, on a far away stage at Glastonbury with a cold cider having a bit of a dance. The band has the ability to instil a number of moods through their music from the happiest feelings of family and friendship to reflection with childhood memories. It really is a great piece of music.

Album highlights include “Demons” where the vocals really show the rawness and the lack of production in great light, as well as “Hands That Feeds You” where you can imagine the whole band sat in a room jamming the song out, harmonising, having fun and being so relaxed. That feeling you get as a listener is testament to how easy the band make their music to listen to. It is stripped back, it isn’t commercial but for real music fans who want to listen to musical intricacies, or fans of easy listening music who want songs to dance to and lyrical simplicity, there is something for everyone. It’s a great album and we wholly recommend you pick up a copy soon!

Head to the bands website to pick up a copy and check them out on tour this April (Dates Below)

2017 tour

18th Manchester Royal Northern College of Music
19th Brighton Komedia
20th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
21st London Union Chapel
22nd Ashford St Mary’s Church
23rd Exeter Phoenix
25th Milton Keynes Stables
26th Nottingham Rescue Rooms
27th Kendal Brewery Arts
28th Durham Gala Theatre
29th Sheffield Greystones (3pm matinee AND 7.30pm evening show)
30th Bristol Colston Hall Lantern

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