What do you get when you mix one part Carly Simon, one part Joni Mitchell and one part Loreena McKennitt? No, it's not an especially interesting cake recipe, it's Allie Fox. Her CD Diving for Pearls is a beautiful piece of work filled with introspective lyrics and gorgeous "wall of sound" harmonies in all the right places. Keyboards, guitar, violin and bass, this is anything but straight Celtic fare...This is a real gem.
What better way to spend a drizzly Saturday July evening in Melrose than to wend your way up to the Wynd Theatre to hear some fine, original music? Allie Fox has lived in the area for a few years and teaches voice and guitar. She is also an accomplished performer and writes the kind of songs you find yourself still humming several days later. Fox's guitar style is bluesy and driving and her warm voice comfortably holds the long notes while her fingers do all sorts of clever acrobatics and chords to underpin the melody.
Out of the Blue was a great opener, showing off the complimentary guitar styles and different sounds of Fox and John Rutherford enabling the audience to settle in to enjoy an intimate, informal concert. The Moon Above the Rooftops and Backstreet Girl are now standards in Fox's set and these together with the heart-rending and haunting The Meaning of Love will form the basis of her forthcoming album Diving for Pearls.
Rutherford and Fox come into their own when jamming around on instrumentals with obvious relish and skill.
know who said it first....but it is always easier to write more
about something you hate than something you truly enjoyed and which
struck a chord. This may well turn out to be one of the more laboured
reviews that I have written. Allie Fox's debut album Diving for
Pearls has been described as breathtaking by the music press
and she is appearing at The Tron - this year's Acoustic Underground
showcase. This is a rare treat in this small and very sweaty sub-basement.
The kitchens are next door and the heat plays havoc with the guitar
strings. The guitars in this performance outnumbered the performers
2:1, but at least it meant there was less tuning and more time for
one songwriter that has the gift of giving everyone something to
relate to. Allie writes songs that accommodate a huge range of subjects....
being snowed in for several days (Snowbound) and Joe Louis
Blues could definitely go several rounds with Simon and Garfunkel's