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Review of Loosely Woven's 'Universal Child' concert
December 2012

By Paul Cruise (Amnesty International)
Posted Monday, December 10, 2012

Loosely Woven delivered their usual eclectic mixture of traditional and current popular song, ranging from a soulful rendition of 'Joy To The World" ( a la Aretha Franklin ) to a rousing cover of Coldplay's 'Christmas Lights'.

Loosely Woven at Avalon for Amnesty International

Despite missing their choral leader due to illness, the ensemble improvised nimbly at short notice - true to their name, this group proves very fluid and adaptable when necessary. Judicious use of electric guitar on a couple of numbers enhanced the normally all-acoustic performance, and Gial Leslie's lovely touch on glockenspiel and harmonium added a subtle new depth to the ambience.

Gial Leslie playing the harmonium

Flautist Samantha O'Brien's skilful arrangement of the Rascals' rocker "Good Lovin'" and the tenderness of the carol 'Venid Pastorcitos' were especially impressive to me.

They tackled everything from Motown to The Chieftains along with a Morris Dance rave-up, a comedy piece and some timely observations on issues of social justice (Jackson Browne's 'The Rebel Jesus" and Annie Lennox's "Universal Child").

Morris Dancing with members of the audience

In this season of folly and excess, a band of committed merrymakers dared to celebrate the heart of Christmas, spreading peace and goodwill like tinsel through the air - a rare and precious gift.

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Review of Loosely Woven's 'Universal Child' concert
Kristy Dickson doing her "soulful rendition of 'Joy To The World' (a la Aretha Franklin)".