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Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear@ Wilton's Music Hall

PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 12:45 am
by Garth Cartwright
Wilton's Music Hall is apparently the last surviving Victorian music hall in the UK (or is that London?). I'd always wanted to go there so when invited to see Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear - a US African American mother-son acoustic folk duo - I took the opportunity.

Nice, atmospheric venue. The duo are an interesting "novelty" act of sorts - I shouldn't say "novelty" as they sing and play well and come across as likeable. But I get the impression that the reason they have a big label deal is their novelty factor. They certainly are quite charming - Madisen who writes and sings much of the material has a warm voice and presence while Mama is matriarchal in a dry, droll way. But the material does not strike me as striking - I'm reminded of Terry Callier in his early acoustic folk stage but without the drama he imbued his material with. I think they will be very successful with a certain middle aged audience who lap up Seasick Steve and Laura Marling and such.