Gig Alert: Eb and Sparrow at the Crystal Palace

Eb and Sparrow - an ONmag highlight during the Festival of Colour

Eb and Sparrow – an ONmag highlight during the Festival of Colour

Tonight Wellington based Eb and Sparrow take to the stage at the Crystal Palace for the second session in the Festival of Colour’s After Dark series. FREDA WELLS previews their sound and we’re super excited to get down to their rockabilly set! We have two tickets to the gig to give away – just go to our Facebook page to find out more.

When Eb & Sparrow perform live, they create a magical atmosphere that hypnotises their audience, instantly soothing all souls in the room – worth seeing for this reason alone.  The secret ingredient of this audible elixir is lead singer Ebony Lamb’s velveteen vocals, peppered with occasional soul-tingling wails, at once nostalgic and uplifting. Her voice flows like wine, casting a rich glow over an undulating soundscape of guitar, lap steel, bass, percussion, harmonica, drums and backing vocals – punctuated by occasional country’n’westernesque troublemaker trumpet.  Lamb’s syrupy alto has a sharp edge reminiscent of a rough-hewn jewel, polished when pushed through carefully-controlled vocal chords to reveal prismatic depths.  Eb & Sparrow are Ebony Lamb, Bryn Heveldt, Nick Brown, Jason Johnson and Chris Winter – a 5-piece nu-folk/Americana band based in Wellington.  With 3 EPs already under their belts, they launched their debut full-length album in September 2014.  This 10-song self-titled album was recorded by award-winning producer Ben Edwards, at his Sitting Room Studio in Lyttelton.  Rave reviews have ensued, a popularity perhaps aided by the raw vulnerability of Lamb’s lyrical storytelling.  The bittersweet catalyst of Lamb’s journey to becoming a celebrated singer-songwriter was a relationship breakup six years ago.

The new album weaves together themes of nature, longing and loneliness.  Musical comparisons are inevitable, with Ebinspiring name dropping of the likes of Cowboy Junkies, Cat Power, KD Laing, Gillian Welsch, even Janice Joplin. In Lamb’s own words, they “cast aching crescendoes of a time long gone, into a modern landscape”.

Eb & Sparrow effortlessly weave a sense of timelessness with contemporary themes, a yearning for simplicity and connection. These talented and soulful musicians are worth making the time for. Catch them at the After Dark session, Friday 24 April, 11pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace.

Find out more at: ebandsparrow.co.nz

– FREDA WELLS

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