Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Kingskerswell Parish Church, Newton Abbot.
Clarke and Walker are four albums and a couple of EPs into a partnership that blends Walker's intricate guitar playing and arrangements with Clarke's compelling songwriting. Everything they've released has met with rave reviews and one of their heroes, Richard Thompson, selected them to support him on tour in 2017. Yet Clarke and Walker are at a stage in their lives when every moment devoted to music without cementing their future takes certain life choices - decisions many of us take for granted - out of their hands. Clarke, who has no back-up plan to speak of, no parallel career to pick up, can't shake the idea that people view her life as a "silly, poncey pipe-dream". These two wonderful talents, who take their craft more seriously than most, are, it's safe to say, prone to pessimism and fretfulness. They make a fine pair.