The best sort of gig is always the one in a tiny, dingy underground bar in the back streets of a city and Manchester is as good as any! I haven’t had time to attend many of these little events recently so it was a welcome change which led to an absolutely fantastic evening in ‘The Retro Bar’. Although a few local bands were on, ‘The Kathryn Wheel’ headlining the evening with an extended slot, is one particularly close to my heart; front- woman Sarah Woodcock is a close friend whose gig’s I’ve been attending since we started  sixth form, meaning I’ve seen her grow and develop as an artist. Sarah has always stood out as she has a really unusual voice, especially now having reached the age of twenty, as I listened I really struggled to find artists to compare her to. Her voice is much lower with a more sultry tone than most modern female singers, a woman at the venue in fact pointed out how it reminded her of Stevie Nicks which seemed an apt comparison. Top songs of the night were in my opinion ‘Save the world tonight’ and ‘A world away’, receiving an impressive response from a very enthusiastic audience!

The addition of the country-esque bass and guitar sounds of Peter Woodcock and Geoffrey Peach respectively, gives a strong hint of a Fleetwood Mac or REM style, their music sounds so brilliantly raw and perhaps reminiscent of a variety of seventies southern American groups. Tracks are available to listen to on youtube and their debut album ‘It’s only life’ can be downloaded on Itunes or Amazon. My Favorite from the album has to be ‘Welcome to Hell’, definitely worth a listen! For more information visit their website http://www.reverbnation.com/thekathrynwheel.

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