Artist: Jeffrey Martin & Anna Tivel
Date: 7th May 2017
Venue: The Square Tower
Everything in the universe vibrates – from mobile phones to the strings on a guitar. Everything vibrates at different frequencies, but the music of Jeffrey Martin and Anna Tivel vibrated on the same frequency as my soul last night. Simple feelings stripped bare; unadorned and powerful, yet softly sung.
This isn’t a review of the show as such – you can’t sum up an experience like that really. It’s hard to talk about both artists separately. In equal measures, Anna and Jeffrey bring gently soulful musicianship coupled with comparably touching vocals. Listening to them both playing solo was a showcase of simply beautiful music, but watching them combined was otherworldly. I’d be content to listen to their poignant words forever.
Their music is permeated with real life and as we know, real life can be dark, but it’s also full of humour. The line “Joseph Stalin came from somebody’s vagina” had everyone in stitches, but it’s a bit of a dark truth really – no matter who someone grows up to be, we’ve all come from the same beginning. The song winds up with “just like you, just like you, just like me”. Real truths hidden in humour.
Check out this track that features both Jeffrey and Anna – it’s the story of a husband and father who was addicted to heroin. The song is from the perspective of the man’s wife, and how she sees their life. None of these words could do justice to how hauntingly direct it is.
I love music and listen to all manner of styles and genres, but sometimes we come across something that is more than just special. Maybe I’m biased but that’s the kind of experience we’re offering through Square Roots Promotions; the chance to appreciate honest and beautiful music.
Photos: Courtesy Dickie Spurgin