Review: The Wooden Sky – The Slaughtered Lamb, London

There was a great deal of excitement surrounding Toronto’s The Wooden Sky’s gig at the Slaughtered Lamb in London. As one of London’s most important small music venues that has an intimate feel and a great atmosphere for live music, it was the perfect place to see a band that are truly coming into their own. What made this gig even more special was the great line up they shared the evening with.

Up first was London based band Deer Park with their special blend of country folk-rock. Frontman and songwriter Mark Christopher Grassick was great to watch as he and his band mates brought his beautifully crafted songs to life.

Next, backed by The Wooden Sky, were Jonas Bonnetta and Sylvie Smith of Evening Hymns who were captivating and poignant throughout their set. You could also see and feel the bond that they have with The Wooden Sky whilst they were playing songs from their new album Spectral Dusk. The album sees Bonnetta dealing with the loss of his father and you could tell he was emotional while performing these songs, but this only added to the depth and meaning of them and it was incredibly beautiful to watch.

After a short break The Wooden Sky took to the stage again and performed tracks from their back catalogue with the strength and determination that they show on their new album Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun. Their whole set felt like they were on a journey of self discovery and we were witnessing them finding their true sound. Highlights of the night were Child Of The ValleyBald Naked And Red and the wonderfu lTake Me Out. At times the sound that The Wooden Sky made was magical as they were completely in sync with each other. Gavin Gardiner sang with such passion and strength that you couldn’t take your eyes of him.

For the encore, they shared the stage with Evening Hymns for a purely acoustic set that just made the night, as their hauntingly beautiful harmonies, accompanied by the neon light coming from The Slaughtered Lamb sign, was the perfect ending to a great night of music, and you could feel the audience taken in completely by the moment.

Cat Norris