Fourplay @ The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide (23/07/09)


Tonight a couple of hundred people filled the cabaret tables of the Gov

and were treated to 2 brilliant sets by string quartet Fourplay.

Consisting of a violin, 2 violas and the cello, the audience were played a mixture of covers and originals from the foursome. The pregnant Lara Goodridge swapped between vocals and viola for most of the first set and her beautiful soulful jazz voice was in full flight especially for their tune But a Girl. Their melancholy and emotive tunes were well appreciated especially covers The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us by Sufjan Stevens and the brilliant 2+2=5 by Radiohead. The final number was dedicated to the AWB scandal and the banjo solo on Shenzo Gregorios viola went down a treat with the audience.

The second set contained covers Seekers Who are Lovers by the Cocteau Twins, Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat sung by the pony tailed Tim Hollo and Drunken Hearted Man Blues by Robert Johnson. Tim took time to add his political commentary between some songs with Where the Sun Dont Shine being dedicated to John Howard’s climate change solution of nuclear power and the excellent dub/drum n bass track Rudd-a-dub-dub dedicated to you know who. Their use of respective effects pedals/units meant that all bases were covered with the creation of sounds. The finale for the night was RATM’s Killing In The Name which has received a bit of JJJ airplay of late and rightly so because it was a gutsy and powerful rendition with the whole band rocking their heads along.

The crowd was well chuffed and called the four back for an encore which was a cover of The Strokes’ Reptilia. Fourplay once again weaved their magic and hopefully when they return, a few more fans will be in their presence. A great night.