By Various Artists
The latest DVD released by Cool Acoustics, titled 'Acoustic Selection Box' gives the viewer over two hours of hidden gems from the acoustic music diamond mine. With each artist being given the freedom and opportunity to showcase their many varied, but always consistent talents, the various styles produce an entertaining collection.
The ever highly-energetic Gary Stewart and his band had the venue rocking with a set of old and new favourites which get the DVD off to flying start. Rosie Doonan, confirming why she is one of Yorkshire's finest and most versatile female performers, as she plays keyboards, guitar and ukulele in a set, which, with her Snap Dragons of the highly talented cellist Sarah Smout and violinist Katriona Gilmore provide a warm and poignant set to take the viewer down a different musical road and raises the expectations of what the rest of this 'selection box' has to offer.
A visit to Eastern Europe follows in the shape of Hungarian songstress Laura Toth, who provides confirmation that good music is universal and appreciated by music-lovers of whatever preferred genre. Nicky Phillips showing her prodigious talent, is the next to saviour, as she leaves the audience/viewer in no doubt that she is going to be a massive influence on the music scene for many years to come.
Surely a certainty for any new/young singer-songwriter of 2009 award; Rodina, featuring the impressive vocals of lead singer Aoife, allows the soulful jazz/lounge style to create a chilled out, but not superficial, sound edge in a memorable set. The evocative and richly composed performance from Liverpool-based Ragz adds yet another dimension, before Gina Dootson completes the DVD with a performance which shows what the music scene in the UK has been missing while Gina has had her base in Germany, thankfully now returned to the UK, the performance is awesome, and finishes the enjoyable 'Selection Box' in fine style.
The sincere hope is that in years to come, these artists will have the exposure they deserve and Cool Acoustics have received the recognition for all the hard work, dedication and vision in providing the opportunity to spread the acoustic family they have built, to a bigger and hopefully national audience.