Review: Troubadours Two by Two: Sunsinger and the Highseas and The Natvral at Esquires

Sunsinger & The Highseas is the brainchild of Bedfordian singer-songwriter Simon Gutteridge and his sound suited the sedate Sunday scene, armed with just an acoustic guitar and a whistle.

Sunsinger delivered a set including songs written during lockdown, full of yearning and hope. It had an American rock/folk vibe that was punctuated with a very British Smiths cover, ‘Please, please please, let me get what I want’.

Simon’s voice is strong but subtle, reminiscent of Don McLean, Neil Young and Willie Nelson but with his own distinctive tone. Between songs, Simon’s humourous patter kept it real. Go see!

Next up was The Natvral aka Kip Berman, formally of NY shoegazers The Pains of Being Pure of Heart.

Kip was also solo, armed with denim and a Fender guitar. His sound has moved on to more classic US singer-songwriting, with a Dylanesque outlook.

This set also included covers, by Billy Bragg, Dylan plus some ‘oldies” by his former band.

As well as being an excellent guitarist and vocalist, Kip has a charm and modesty, that is only endearing. To deal with possible (subterranean) homesickness, Kip had a Sunday roast in a pub that day. A treat for all then…

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