Soul searching Seattle singer-songwriter Damien Jurado visited Folkestone for the first time on the last date of his current tour. Up until his visit he hadn't realised, and he apologised for his ignorance, that Folkestone wasn't just a ferry terminal. He said he likes "playing places he's never been" and commented that he had been given "good sparkling water" but other than that he was not in a very loquacious frame of mind. His demeanour and his manner mirrored the mood of his songs during an evening that saw Damien perform a wide variety of material from his extensive catalogue.
Playing support for Damien was Dana Gavanski. The Canadian with Serbian heritage, currently being championed by Marc Riley on 6Music, brought her gentle folk music to the Quarterhouse in Folkestone and was equally as good as, if not better than, Jurado. She opened her all too brief set with her biggest single to date, 'Catch'. Her distinctive mellow vocal, brilliantly delicate guitar and very tuneful bass combined to make for a captivating performance throughout. After enjoying fish and chips at the Harbour Fish Bar, Dana played a delightful set of songs aided by her bassist partner and, "the third member of the band", 'Little K', her drum machine. She confessed to being "very excited" about the release of her debut album, 'Yesterday Is Gone', out on the 27th March, as she performed songs largely drawn from it.
The album's book ending tracks 'One By One' and 'Memories Of Winter' were quite magical. The latter song was inspired by the American singer Connie Converse, an artist also referenced by previous Quarterhouse performers, The Unthanks. Gavanski strayed from 'Yesterday Is Gone' with a sympathetic cover version of the Tim Hardin song 'Never Too Far' and closed her set with a jaw-dropping and haunting a cappella performance of a folk song, 'Jano Mome', she had learnt in Belgrade.
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