Toe-tapping, jig-jiving, smile-stirring. Fun.
Elephant sessions were exactly that, transporting my weary final year self to a state in which my looming deadlines were drawn away with the drawing of bow on string.
The night opened with supporting act, The drystones (Alex Garden and Ford Collier) – a lively folk duo playing guitar, violin and whistle. Featuring some of their latest tracks, namely Waiting for Orphelia and My son John, their chemistry was inescapable. As they’d gravitate closer and closer, absorbed in their instruments, the result was a neat fusion of violin and guitar.
Elephant Sessions then took the stage, modest and unassuming, their initial demeanour was no match for the music they gifted us with. Kicking off with Search Party, there was no doubt we were in for an evening of quality melodies and catchy beats. Fusing traditional folk with electro beats and loop-pedal blends, their songs evoked memories of summer festivals, and the blistering November cold outside seemed almost surreal. Their next song, Badger – which we were told was named after a renowned Absynth concoction, a speciality their local pub was yet further testimony to their scottish folk roots, that gave this musical powerhouse a rawness when paired with their experimental techniques.
Complete set-list: Search Party, Badger Wet field, Dignity, Dirty, Ainyas, The loft crofter, summer, tingles, nice boy, treble, dooter.
It has to be said, and perhaps it was my ache for anything reminiscent of year-abroad freedoms and long university holidays, that Summer was a stand-out piece.
Their final song was met with a spontaneous break-out into ceilidh-style dancing, arms swinging, laughs resounding and cares dissipating. If it’s good enough to solicit sober dancing with strangers, I’m in. If they’re around again soon, I defy you to stand still.