Sensitive songs performed with a rare passion

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A LUCKY audience was entertained by a stunning concert at St Paul’s Church on Saturday evening, featuring American singer/songwriter Sally Spring, accompanied on guitar by her husband Ted Lyon.

Sally Spring’s name is not widely known here, but in fact her latest album reached number one in the World Americana charts and she is rated as one of the top eight female Americana artists, with songs which reflect observations of life, with her strong but sensitive voice portraying love, home and nature.

Notable songs included ‘Boys in the Cornfield’, about the 10,000 men killed in the bloodiest single day of the American Civil War, and ‘Made of Stars’, which is about believing we are all born as stars but lose that perception as we grow older and discover the disillusionments of life.

Sally’s songs are sensitive and moving, and she performs with a rare passion, while Ted Lyon – tall, handsome, charismatic and debonair (he told me to write that!) – provided a superb guitar accompaniment, understated but tremendously accomplished.

This was their first visit to Scotland but they were so impressed by the scenery and the welcome they received that they have promised to return next year.

Support for Sally and Ted was provided by the talented Gary Miller, a familiar figure in the island’s music scene. Gary, accompanied for part of his set by Paul Templeman, hails from Coatbridge and performed many of his own songs, but also threw in an interesting rendition of ‘You Can Call Me Al’ by Paul Simon.

Saturday’s gig was presented by Transclyde Music, whose next gig, at Craigmore Bowling Club on July 1, will showcase local talent in the form of the Argyll and Bute Ukelele Ensemble, Groovecoaster and Rise. Look out for posters around the town for further details.

(Words & pic courtesy of Richard Snape)