kathryn

The confines of Sugar Nightclub are hardly cozy and yet Kathryn Calder’s performance on Thursday night felt intimate. Granted, her gentle music is not of the arena-blasting variety, but the sense of friendly warmth was as much to do with her unassuming and affable persona. Flanked by three excellent musicians Calder took her familiar position behind her electronic keyboard, delivering a seamless set of heart-felt, albeit low-key, synth pop. Although her vocals were in fine form — clear and effortless — the music was hampered somewhat by audio problems, although not enough to spoil the show. After opening with four tracks from her first two solo albums (‘Are You My Mother’ and ‘Bright and Vivid’) she played almost exclusively from her new self-titled album in the latter part of the set. The performance slowly built up intensity before closing out with the sprightly “Take a Little Time” and the emotionally-charged “When You See My Blood”. Great music and a nice vibe. A good evening all round.