Rated 5 out of
Tour de Force
The fact that this was held in an ancient and sacred place was a matter entirely appropriate to the event we witnessed. St Jude the Obscure reached spectacular heights of musical sophistication and art that took us all on a journey of sadness, hope and later deliverance. The vocals soared, the ringing rhythm of the keyboards and electric guitars were beautifully augmented by the sonorous cadences of the cello. As it finished I was left mentally holding the swirling poetic images of this great tunebook delivered with such heft and authenticity, it would take me some time to process it fully and savour it.
SJTO were proceeded by Smoph, a talented guitar and vocalist duo from Burgh Le Sands who’s strong tunes were delivered in the open air with purity and honesty. The poet Jennifer Lee-Tsai gave out a wonderful set, bringing in themes of Hong Kong, Liverpool, Chinese mythology and the human condition. Both these talents set up and delivered the platforn that St Jude would wonderfully fill.
A fine and dramatic night amongst the benedictine ruins and the cranes of Birkenhead’s ship building heritage.
Date published: 2018-08-19