By Rick Slagter, Rock At Night Groningen
Venue: Aerden Plaats-Oudebildtzijl, The Netherlands
While a dense sea fog was covering the North of The Netherlands, the band Larkin Poe played in Oudebildtzijl, a tiny, easy-to-miss village located near the coast. The venue is named Aerden Plaats, an old and small church. A couple of times a year, a pool of volunteers organize concerts with special artists. Last weekend, Larkin Poe was slated to perform one of their two scheduled shows in The Netherlands. The Larkin Poe concert was much anticipated and sold out easily.
Larkin Poe is a band fronted by the sisters Rebecca (lead vocals, guitar) and Megan Lovell (vocals, lap steel). The sisters were raised in Atlanta, Georgia, the area rich in American roots and soul music. They write and arrange the songs together, capturing a signature sound which consists of a combination of traditional roots music and modern elements like drum loops, rock riffs and catchy melody lines. Unique selling points are the southern vocal harmonies and the lap steel of Megan.
During March and April, Larkin Poe is touring through Europe. Oudebildtzijl is probably the most interesting spot on their tour since most of the band’s equipment can remain on the tour bus. The audience sat on the pews and the stage was under the pulpit opposite the vintage pipe organ.
Larkin Poe appeared to enjoy the setting as they imagined the church was in Georgia. The audience responded enthusiastically, showing appreciation with warm but polite clapping. Soon are the show ended, the sea fog disappeared.
Larkin Poe is: Rebecca Lovell (lead vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin), Megan Lovell (lap steel, dobro, vocals); Tarka Layman (bass), Kevin McGowan (drums)
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Photographer (concerts, documentary), musician (rock, blues), writer (fiction), straight edger (sober in any sense), dwells underground (alt scene).
Living in the North of The Netherlands, the independent creative area of the country (hotspots are Groningen and Leeuwarden).
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