Rapping’ Rockin’ Fun In The Twilight Zone

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Church Street Hip-Hop and Susanna Wolfe & Band, Inverness, 29/12/2015. Review and Photographs

It’s that weird Twilight Zone time between Christmas and New Year’s when people tend to be either bursting at the belly from all the food, or going mad from cabin fever at the family home. Or both, right? So it was with gelatinous spring in one’s stride that Inverness Gigs went out on Tuesday 29th December to check out what musical delights could be found.

And what surprisingly delectable delights! First off, IGigs was glad to finally make it to the latest Church Street Hip Hop night in Mad Hatters, where the cream of Highland rappers performed alongside the regulars and newbies who made the trek from La Belt Centrale. Highlights included a strong debut from Dingwall talent RYZA and a rousing, invigorating performance from Glasgow’s Andrew Mackenzie. He owned the stage and brought the crowd to the front of the stage.

The night finished off with an epic rap battle that would make Eminem blush – host Brian Jamieson and aforementioned Mackenzie kicked the proverbials on that one, aided by star turns from Spring Break’s DJ Butterscotch and Inverness local, Sherbit (who has a new album out soon).

While no expert on the auld hippity-hop music, IGigs was seriously impressed by the skilfull delivery of all performers and the sharp and witty social commentary contained. Come back soon, fellas – and if ye can bring some female rappers next time – bit less of the boys’ club vibe, eh?

With some noticeable abatement of the Christmas fat, it was a quick skip across the road to the ever cosy Market Bar where Susanna Wolfe and her new band were laying down the law of rock to an engaged audience. Featuring Garry Reynolds on sparkling lead guitar, Susanna played a raft of new and old tunes with Caroline Truslove on bass and Robin Bell on shiny new Pearl drumkit.

The venue lent a warmth to the all-singing band, especially allowing the mighty Wolfe to lessen off her occasional air-raid siren voice and deliver a dynamic show which by turn emotes, grooves and rocks out. Spot on for a first-time show as a new band – here’s to seeing more of them around town.


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C.C. O'Hara
C.C. O'Hara
Writer. Photographer. Filmmaker. Playwright. Musician. Púca. Performer. Workshop Facilitator. Therapist-in-training. Irish-born. Earth-bound. Ride on. Head Ego & Janitor at Sigil Arts: facebook.com/Sigil-Arts

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