Subtle, blues wake up at Avalon
In the late Saturday morning sunshine the Gypsy Avalon stage with it’s cornucopia of sunflowers bejewelling the periphery with smiley summery faces, as well as a nice grassy patch to watch and relax from, Shingo Sekiguchi was just the person to kick off a long and punishing day in the heat. A cool drink of water, if you will. Further down the hill Rafven were having a massive folk dance party down at the White Stage, but as the flags fluttered over the stage and a cool breeze blew through, you could almost forget that was all going on.
The Gypsy stage looks a bit like the inside of someone’s log cabin – all wood-panelling and chandelier hanging from the ceiling and this seemed to suit the band quite well as they eased into the morning with a groovy bit of Hammond Organ-laced laid back bluesy rock with singer/guitarist Shingo’s vocals unobtrusive and taking second place to the guitar. Further numbers sprinkled with harmonics were a bit like a warm sonic blanket, jazzy drumming underlying the numbers throughout as Sekiguchi veered off on a meandering guitar flight of fancy.
Shingo’s solo cover of “Time After Time” was wistfully delivered, setting the audience gently swaying from side to side. I enjoyed the bluesy summery vibe, almost background music with harmonic flourishes that brought you back to the present. Later he was joined by a guest drummer who then took over vocal duties for a song or two. The overall effect was of a band you might find on a Sofia Coppola soundtrack.
Overall, Shingo Sekiguchi’s show is a class act a little out of place in a field, but deeply enjoyed and certainly worth checking out in a more intimate setting should you ever get the chance.
Photo by Izumi Kumazawa / Text by Laura Cooper
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