Friday, June 11, 2004

Idea Of North gig

A bunch of us1 went to see The Idea Of North play (sing?) at The Gov last night. What a great gig - they are truly amazing singers, and it was a very fun night.

They started out with a song I can't remember, then played one of my favourites - But Not For Me - followed by Sarah's favourite of theirs (an amazing arrangement of It's Alright With Me). Good start.

I didn't write down a full set list or anything, but some of the highlights were a stunning rendition of Sting's Fields of Gold, an absolutely beautiful His Eye Is On The Sparrow, an amusing version of Singin' A Capella (including some A Capella Anonymous-style confessions), and a bit of crowd participation with everyone singing harmonies to their version of Steve wonders Isn't She Lovely.

They obviously loved what they were doing, they were all very comfortable on stage and with each other. It was lots of fun to watch. They've all got stunning voices as well, of course; Naomi Crellin (alto) has one of those wonderful dark female voices, Trish Delaney-Brown has a stunningly clear soprano, Nick Begbie (tenor) has a fantastic voice (perfect for pop) and an amazing range, and Andrew Piper (Bass) is simpy incredible, great voice and very impressive vocal percussion at the same time. That Nick Begbie's a funny bugger.

The evening was helped by the fact that The Gov is a great venue. We were standing up the back of the room - most of which was occupied by people sitting at tables where they had had dinner - and some very nice staff members went and carried a bunch of chairs in for everyone standing up at the back to sit on. Friendly.

This was the first time I've seen Idea Of North live, and I'm sure it won't be the last. A totally fantastic evening. (I'm running out of superlatives, can you tell?)

1. Andrew, Jodey, Elisa, Sarah, Sarah, and myself. Hi guys.

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