Live Review - Wildwood Kin w/The Club Brothers and Clara Bond | The Louisiana, Bristol | 5/10/17

After releasing their debut album Turning Tides in August, Exeter-based folk band Wildwood Kin announced their first headline tour in support of the album. We headed to Bristol to catch them playing The Louisiana, following in the footsteps of James Bay, Jack Savoretti, and Florence & the Machine, who have all played this venue on their way to where they are today.

The first band of the evening was The Club Brothers [9], a trio of wonderfully talented musicians hailing from Devon. They played jolly, upbeat covers, as well as a hauntingly beautiful original which was played unplugged in the crowd – a nice touch, and definitely a good way to grab the audience’s attention. After a cover of Jessie J’s ‘Domino’, and a fun and interactive cover of Mary Mary’s ‘Shackles (Praise You)’, it was time for The Club Brothers to leave the stage. The Club Brothers were the best choice to kick off the evening of music, and we can’t wait to hear more from them.

Clara Bond [8] was next to grace the stage, singing sassy-girl pop, with powerful vocals and Ollie Harris accompanying on guitar. Bond is an original singer/songwriter, whose songs speaking of heartbreak, loss, moving on, and even getting your own back (our favourite being ‘Does Your Girlfriend Know You’re Single?’), she recently released her Out of Towners EP, the songs from which were featured heavily in her set.

Storming onto stage with ‘Warrior Daughter’, Wildwood Kin’s [8] sound effortlessly filled the room, despite there only being three of them. Each of the trio have beautiful voices that can hold their own, but together they create stunning harmonies that easily captured the attention of each person in the room. We were invited to sing ‘happy birthday’ to drummer Meghan Loney’s brother, and the girls had the crowd laughing with their (self-professed) awkward stage presence, which thanks to touring with both Seth Lakeman and Ward Thomas, has improved quite a bit according to the girls. Their expansive set list covered most tracks from their debut album, including ‘Run’, ‘Turning Tides’, and the emotional ‘On and On’, written about the passing of a close family member.

After playing at Radio 2’s Festival in a Day in early September (with some disappointing technical difficulties), Wildwood Kin have taken their cover of Stereophonics’ ‘Dakota’ on tour with them. It was a surprising addition to the set and was played flawlessly. After a euphoric encore of ‘Valleys’ and ‘Taking a Hold’, the trio left the stage on a high, having played an incredibly captivating set with family and friends.