Ragz Oh Oh and Blog entry from Nordic Nights

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Nordic Nights was one of those evenings when you didn’t know what you were going for or indeed what to expect but that you came away from delighted that you went. In my case I got a text ‘do you want to go – not sure what it will be like..but’..to which the obvious answer is of course ‘yes..lets go’ So here are a few clips from the evening – starting of with RAGZ who reminded me a lot of Thea Gilmore. Oh Oh struck a real chord with me (a truly beautiful track exploring mental health issues that this rough and ready record does no justice to whatsoever) – but as haunting was the second video which closed the set – an acapella number with ‘church style’ reverb. Next up was the more rocky Kaya – and with my not so secret love of indie rock this was always going to appeal. Two tracks here – the finale Fairy Tale Blues and Demon Woman. Finally came Picturebook – an electronica outfit who were simply brilliant live. Not everyone loved the autumnal flowing look of singer of Lady aya but I loved the contrast of her Kate Bush’esque performance to the ferocious drumming and electronica of Master Toko and Lord High Owl. And we missed Budam – who one audience member was waxing lyrical about for most of the night! The whole event was called Nordic Nights, presented by the NICE festival – see /www.nice-festival.co.uk/) at the Bluecoats Arts Centre (see thebluecoat.org.uk/). Find out more about Ragz at myspace.com/ragzmusic and look out for a Christmas themed tune to follow! Find out more about Kaya at myspace.com/kayaherstad Find out more about Picturebook at myspace.com/picturebookofficial

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