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Review: The Salts at the Golden Hinde
Arriving at the gates of the Golden Hinde, you automatically get a sense of how uncomfortable it must have been to be a sailor. The small, steep staircases that lead down to the gallows instantly evoke a sense of adventure with the main stage, a small set up consisting of a few benches and barstools, generating a sense of both community and intimacy.
The creaky decks, although adding to the atmosphere of the venue, often distracted the audience away from the live music, but the Captain’s quarters offered sights too wonderful to ignore. The ethereal views of the London skyline were breath taking, offering a pleasant accompaniment to the misty, folky sounds.
The opening act Spannertate started off their set with a sort of unorganised elegance, but their set progressed into something well composed with beautiful vocal harmonies, worldly music choices and a touch of romance, which resulted in something profoundly charming.
Charlie Jolly’s passion for history shone through his set of blues numbers, highlighting the historical relevance before playing each track. Even with his reserved demeanour, Jolly communicated well the humour of Cocaine Blues and the captivating, heartbreak of his own song Dear Companion, with short interludes of skilful harmonica playing.
From the moment Ian Roland (Guitar) and Simon Yapp (Violin) took the stage, they immediately impressed with their standard of playing, interesting improvisations and rich tones. Simon executed a stunning performance. Here is a guy who really knows his instrument. Ian, whose driven guitar playing showcased a number of original songs and entertained the crowd with a vibrant personality, fondly accompanied him.
The Salts really brought the party to the table with their huge sound, pirate-esque outfits and tight arrangements of sea shanties. They really got the audience going with their sing-along, pumping rendition of What Shall we do with the Drunken Sailor and powered through the rest of their set with exuberance and enthusiasm. Although fun, this band would have suited a larger venue with a livelier crowd but they finished off the evening with a bang and sent the audience home with the satisfaction of a wonderful evening.
Written by Georgia Cooke.