Venue: King Street Theatre (Newtown NSW), Sep 12 – 14, 2013
Clare Heuston: keys, ukulele, vocals
Tess Aboud: ukulele, vocals
Dan OpdeVeigh: guitars, percussion, vocals
The Slow Days is a band that writes and performs songs that can be described as modern folk music. Although occasionally melancholic, their sound is characteristically light and spiritual. No religious affiliation is immediately evident, but this trio’s performance is certainly the opposite of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.
Distilled is a 50-minute set that features original tunes from each of the musicians, and it must be said that the show is tightly rehearsed. The set list is carefully planned, and the audience is taken on a very pleasant journey with each song bearing an individuality that keeps the show fresh and surprising.
While each member of the band retains their own personality, the group maintains a comfortable and warm cohesion. It is however, notable that Clare Heuston’s voice is particularly mesmerising. The range of tones she is able to produce, most memorably in her song Pearl, and the ease with which she reaches every note, high or low, makes for a very special and exhilarating afternoon of alternative music.