Two months into their current UK tour and Rebecca and Megan were back on Tyneside, but instead of supporting Elvis Costello, this time the girls could really shine on their own and shine they did.
Their own support act came from proud Geordie, Lee McDade, complete with Mohican, tattoos and modified stool. Not your typical country music singer look but boy can he sing a meaningful tune. Self penned songs about strippers, boys who did wrong, and his answers to his girlfriend’s concerns, somehow made local North East tales crossed with Country music really work and believable. The Ballad of Charlie Hudson was a true highlight.
Up next the girls arrived to rapturous applause and straight into their 15 song set which included new songs not normally performed live. Always chatty between songs, they talk about how hard it is being on the road, in their small van in which Megan is practically sitting on her sister’s lap; sniggers from crowd can then be heard. A video is seen being filmed at this and other venues and they hope to make some big announcement soon, which is exciting but not surprising. Larkin Poe just get more incredible after each gig. Rebecca in particular is blossoming into a mature performer with superb stage presence who knows how to entertain, with a twinkle in her eye and a powerful beautiful voice complementing the American Roots Rock sound. On the up tempo tunes like Sugar High, Jail break and Don’t, Megan’s slide guitar blazes along with Rebecca’s rocking lead with the foot stomping rhythm and beat of bass and drums behind. The Lovell sisters mixed it with hauntingly beautiful ballads such as Over Achievers and the quite sad Mad as a Hatter about family related dementia.
The highlight of the evening was most definitely Bang Bang, simply brilliant, full of emotion with the audience participating in unison, this song they have just got to record for future release. The appreciative throng earlier described as being too quiet by Megan, joined in with chants of ‘How much longer’ to the song New Pony. Larkin Poe are a polished act, the years of gigging on road trips across America since their teens has paid off and the girls can only go onto bigger and better things. To sum up; Beautiful music by beautiful people.