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quinta-feira, setembro 18

CONCERTO INDIE FOLK/POP. 22h30 no auditório. entradas a 5 euros.

Na véspera de actuar na Casa da Música, a britânica Nancy Elizabeth estreia-se nos palcos nacionais com um concerto no Mercado Negro. Nancy Elizabeth tem aparecido na imprensa internacional como um dos mais entusiasmantes projectos indie folk pop da actualidade, apesar da classificação ser redutora para uma artista que oscila entre vários géneros. Uma das apostas mais fortes da editora The Leaf Label (a mesma de Efterklang, Caribou, A Hawk and A Hacksaw ou Colleen), a harpista de 23 anos habita universo muito peculiar, de música sempre intensa, enigmática e melodiosa onde pontuam sons de harpa, guitarra, dulcimer, harmónica indiana ou bouzouki. E isto é só o início.
If I were Joanna Newsom I'd watch my back, because there's a new harpist in town. Lancashire's own Nancy Elizabeth makes her official entrance with debut "Battle And Victory", with which she demonstrates her master musicianship dexterity by claiming all writing credits and playing most of the instrumental menagerie involved, which includes guitar, khim, Indian harmonium, Appalachian dulcimer, and bouzouki. (7/10)

Nancy Elizabeth's debut is a bracing blast of Lancashire fresh air, offering the raw emotion of traditional folk music without the morris bells and hey nonny nonnies. The 23-year-old has a modern, earthy sensibility, replacing tales of witches and love potions with the moments of everyday beauty that turn her "insides into velvet cushions". Her vocals swoop over sparkling, mountain-stream flows of Celtic harp, bouzouki and dulcimer; yet, like Nina Nastasia, there is also brittleness to this music. Songs such as Off With Your Axe never let you get too close. (4/5)

Her matter-of-factness and the subtle momentum of the arrangements lend it a gentle, guileful enchantment. (3.5/5)

When she sings - in a voice as crystal and eerie as a milk bottle whistling in a snowstorm - a hush immediately descends over the room. However, moments later, she is rustling among the various pianettes and Appalachian dulcimers that litter the stage around her, the drummer and the guitarist. "They're very precious and fragile instruments," she says, and prompts howls of laughter by immediately dropping one on the floor. At 23, Elizabeth's contradictions are part of her appeal. The doyenne of Manchester's new "young folk" scene is not really folk at all. Yes, her Wigan vocal occasionally blasts back to medieval England, but her delicately arranged yet forceful instrumentation nods to Radiohead and post-rock. Her songs can be so intense that audiences have been known to ask if she is all right, though between songs she is down to earth, greeting the crowd with an "'ello" almost worthy of Coronation Street. (4/5)

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