Opening solo act, Gravenhurst, aka Bristolian, Nick Talbot, on guitar and a foot-forest of effects pedals was rather peculiar. Giving the appearance of the stereotypical, bespectacled, lank-haired college geek, but very far from it, his self-penned songs explore dark places with dystopian Gormenghast-like imagery and are far removed from the Folkie archetype.
Jape is relatively unknown over here, yet back in Dublin he’s an award-winning star. This does not come across in his humble shuffle onstage, but is there nonetheless in his confidence and humour. With songs such as ‘Floating’ and ‘Graveyard’ infecting the packed crowd with their electro beats and dark humour (‘It’s such a short short distance from the nipple to the soil’!) he is a perfect warm-up for the delicious Lisa Hannigan.
In live performance Emmy the Great (songwriter Emma Lee-Moss) fought her corner, albeit subtly, for anti-folk. She has been tied to this movement since playing for legendary promoter Sgt Buzfuz as one half of duo Contraband in 2003, and on Wednesday night those associations were confirmed.