The Idea Of North – Ballads By Candlelight
St Peter’s Cathedral, Sat Mar 14
Sally Cameron (soprano), Joy Hague (alto), Nick Begbie (tenor) and Andrew Piper’s (bass) bring life and love (the requited kind… and the other) to St Peter’s Cathedral. Another sold out performance; the sixth as part of this year’s Fringe.
The long line of people snaked from the doors of this magnificent church right around the corner and out of sight, all eager to take their place and listen to the sounds four voices could make in this ethereal space. The sound was almost magical.
The Idea Of North know how to sing (of course), weaving stories with their vocals, creating all the sounds you’d expect, from strings to bass and even the drone of a mournful bagpipe are simply stunning, but when Sally hits those notes in that space, well, these sounds make for tingles down the spine, simply perfect.
They performed songs you will recognise beautifully, including Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell and Fragile by Sting. They also performed some Michael Leunig poems to music written by Nick Begbie, and Bumblebee by Sweden’s The Real Group.
If you ever get the chance to hear The Idea Of North sing live, take it! If you ever get the chance to hear them sing within St Peter’s Cathedral, fight for it.