Calamateur house concert

House concert

I was at a gig tonight. Well, last night, as you’re probably reading this tomorrow. I’m writing this tonight but it’s just turned into tomorrow, which will be today for you. As it is for me too, come to think about it.

Anyway, I was at a gig. Not just any gig, but a house concert. Playing was my friend Andrew Howie, otherwise known as Calamateur. I’ve mentioned him before, and reviewed a couple of his albums on this ‘ere blog, and this evening had the privilege of attending one of a series of house concerts he has been playing around the country.

It’s a novel format in one sense, stripping back music to a simple format; but as Andrew said himself a very old format too in that this was what music was like before the music industry: people playing in other people’s houses.

Calamateur’s style very much suited this format too: intimate, thoughtful, and contemplative. Only one song from the dramatic departure that was his heavier, darker, fuller last album The Quiet in the Land made it on to the setlist, and unsurprisingly it sounded very different accoustically.

I enjoyed the unusual atmosphere of the gig. No standing around with a plastic glass of lager trying to see over someone’s head, no deafening wall of sound from speakers larger than a bus, no trying to hear the band over the noise of a busy bar: just music, a reverent gathering, and an open fire gently crackling in the background.

It was a good way to hear music.

One thought on “Calamateur house concert

  1. Just read your brief account of the house concert you were at. I play in a UK duo (acoustic, but with a beautifully just above acoustic Bose sound system for the small halls we play in).
    We have been mainly playing village halls in the UK … listening audiences … but we also have been engaged in an annual tour of eastern Canada for the last 13 years, and our favourite concert venues are their house concerts. Admittedly, their homes are often larger than ours in the UK, so they can fit approx 30 folk with ease. The snacks and things you refer to are all there .. plus a bring your own drinks policy applies too.
    If you know of suitable UK house concerts (and I have not seen any yet), then we’d be happy to be in touch with any hosts and checkout their available concert dates.
    Our website is http://www.breezeandwilson.com
    kind regards
    Graham

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