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article imageReview: The Webb Sisters light up London gig

By Tim Sandle     Jul 25, 2014 in Music
London - The musical sisters - The Webb Sisters - played an intimate and magnificent concert at the London WM Jazz Club, located in the O2 Arena.
The Webb Sisters are a musical duo: the siblings Charley and Hattie Webb. The two sisters hail from Kent, England. The sisters are perhaps best known as part of Leonard Cohen's tour assemblage, where they have been touring with the Canadian maestro on and off for six years. Aside from Cohen, the sisters have worked with Sting and Rufus Wainwright.
Perhaps less well known are the lush recordings made by the duo themselves. These tunes received a rare outing at a new jazz club in London on July 25.
The set comprised only of the two sisters, with Hattie Webb performing mainly on the harp and Charley Webb playing the guitar (on their albums Hattie plays the harp and mandolin, and Charley the guitar, clarinet, and piano). Both took turns in singing, or, for many songs, sang beautiful duets.
The set was made up of material from the sisters' first three albums, of which 2011's Savages is probably their best known. The duo also have a new EP out (When Will You Come Home?), and they gave some interesting renditions of it during the evening. From this the stand out songs were a serene cover of Always On My Mind, and an original composition, titled It May Be Spring But I Still Need A Coat.
The Webb Sisters performing in London  at a jazz club.
The Webb Sisters performing in London, at a jazz club.
The Cohen influences were evident on two songs written by the acclaimed singer-songwriter: Show Me The Place and If It Be Your Will. With the latter song, this is arguably the track that most people would associate with The Webb Sisters. During his concert tours, Cohen generously allowed the sisters to arrange the song and then sing it by themselves. A rendition is shown in the video below:
For an encore, the sisters gave the small London crowd a treat by walking out into the audience to play two numbers; the first was with a simple harp accompaniment, and the second was sung A Capella.
What impressed this reviewer the most was the sublime singing and sweet, ethereal vocals. Next came the quality of the songwriting, sweet music to match the bitter-sweet lyrics. The Webb Sisters are well worth catching.
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