Before last Saturday, I had never been to the Union Chapel before. I’d heard great things about it, the best venue in the UK, amazing acoustics and it did not dispoint. The outside is currently being restored so it doesn’t look very pretty when you walk up to it and from the outside you definitely don’t expect the size and beauty of the inside. The acoustics are incredible. I couldn’t think of a better place to go for a gig from a folk or acoustic artist. Every Saturday 12-2, Union Chapel is now hosting a few small bands for free. I went last week to see the wonderful Evening Chorus among others and I shall definitely be going again. As well as Evening Chorus this Saturday saw Pengilly’s and Elena Dana take to the stage.
Elena Dana was first on the stage and played quite an odd set of sweet songs which seemed to be linked by an imaginary life or story from her mind. I was a little confused but none the less she has a beautiful voice which resinated wonderfully in the chapel. She ended with a few covers of Russian film music which was definitely the highlight of the set.
Pengilly’s are from Leeds but I never got round to seeing them when I lived up there so today was a brilliant chance. The music is a bit folky, a bit indie and a bit electro but overall very unique. The harmonies between the band members were stunning and the band also boasts a very good string section. Very very nice indeed.
The main band I was looking forward to seeing however was Evening Chorus. From Cardiff, the band have been busy establishing themselves as a one to watch on the british folk scene and also did very well in the Green Man festival unsigned competition back in August. Their music is very twee and pretty and made for some perfect afternoon listening. They played a lovely set, you can definitely hear the traditional folk and country influences in their sound. Overall a very lovely band and could’t be more perfect for the venue.
Here is the schedule for daytime music at Union Chapel over the next few weeks;
13 Nov Timbreland Recordings – Dan Haywood’s New Hawks + Starless & Bible Black + The Winter Journey
27 Nov Sundown Arts- Polar Bear + Julie Collings + Tim Clare + The Budda Cakes + Ida Barr
04 Dec Emmy’s Unicorn + Anna Rose Carter + Rome Pays Off
11 Dec Bleeding Heart Narrative + Junkboy + Misty Miller
18 Dec Shady Bard + The Maladies of Bellafontaine + Aidan Smith