Winter Mountain Review-Prema Arts Centre, 22/11/14

A visual fitting the music

Evan Burgess trekked over to Uley to review one of the countries upcoming duos…
All the senses were catered for during Winter Mountain’s concert at Prema Arts Centre in Uley. The intriguing building in the confines of a village suitable for postcards glowed in the autumn night. The fresh air from the tree filled valley was exchanged for the smell of wooden flooring in the venue, with the waft of refreshments from the vegetarian cafe. Stocking plenty of Stroud Brewery beer, it was clear that the venue utilised the most of its surroundings.

With something for the taste buds and abundant eye candy in the form of architecture, another sense would be satiated upon the start of Winter Mountain’s set. The sound was delivered perfectly for the venue. Before I got up the stairs I had thought it was a CD playing in the background, but it was Winter Mountain’s first track. With members Joseph Francis and Martin Smyth, it was refined harmonies that put them a step above expectations. Whilst technically proficient, they also had the taste to write and cover good songs that accentuated their abilities.

I was disappointed not to be able to take their record away with me. It transpired there was just a bit too much month at the end of my money. It would have been great to keep or to give as a Christmas present. Let’s hope the crowds for their upcoming concerts haven’t made the same mistake I did!
To keep up to date with Winter Mountain and Prema, visit the following links.

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