How good was that! Another great night at the Cannery with the masses braving a wet and chilli evening to see some of Esperance's finest musicians team up with Perth acts Ruby May and Boyki.
Rachel Vibart opened the evening as only Rachel can, treating the audience to her soulful and honest tunes. Rachel has gone up a gear recently and her experience and maturity as an artist was on show. Classy yet simple acoustic guitar sets the tone and her warm and engaging story telling oozes out not only through her amazing singing voice, but also the conversational way that she addresses her audience. Perhaps her best set yet...
Next up was the debut Esperance show for BOYKI frontman Sam Smith, playing a selection of tracks from the Perth band's catalogue as well as his own solo tracks. Perhaps most interesting was the opening track - a 4 minute spoken word piece - that seemed to catch the audience cold in the opening minutes, before building into his first song. To open with such an 'outside the box' track, particularly in front of a new audience was an admirable decision and set the tone for a memorable performance.
Proceedings were then taken over by Esperance favourites A SIMPLE ARRAY and as always the acoustic duo did not disappoint. Forming out of the ashes of the now defunct A GENERAL DISARRAY, it's staggering to see how quickly and organically Kyron Smithson and Matt Cooper have adapted the stripped back format whilst maintaining the core ingredients of AGD. Cooper's driving guitar lines sitting atop the sound of his stomp pedal are so perfectly complimented by Kyron's Paul Dempsey-esque vocals and although they're an act Esperance locals have seen before, they always deliver a high energy set of songs that have become familiar staples of live music in Esperance.
As the rain continued to drizzle and the temperature dropped a few more degrees, the band room began to swell with excited anticipation ahead of RUBY MAY'S second Esperance show for 2017, and with good reason. Perhaps the most exciting and humbling thing about being part of the audience is that this is a truly world class band who quietly go about their business in a very professional and endearing way. The meandering, textures and sounds flow out of the rhythm section as the keys supply the colour and flavor. Add to this the dazzling vocals of Ruby herself and you have a show that left the audience spellbound and in the palm of the band from start to finish. How lucky we are to be treated to an intimate performance of quality musicianship in our own backyard. WA has a wealth of talented bands and RUBY MAY is really delivering a service to Esperance's music scene that will no doubt lead to more acts of this caliber visiting our corner of WA. It's an exciting time for live music in Esperance.
Thanks to all involved, see you at the bar!