Big gigs have been few and far between in Albany, being 5 hours south of Perth doesn’t make you a hot bed for touring artists. And Josh Pyke is surely one of the most loved and respected musicians in Australia. The locals were buzzing and on our way to the White Star we were asking, what is Josh Pyke doing in Albany?
Looking at his tour Pyke doesn’t stop in one capital city over his 32 stop tour. Taking his catalogue of folk classics to regional areas, and in this case an intimate cleared out restaurant and bar. It was packed and the crowd was pumped to see this calibre of musician.
After Jack Harding warmed the crowd up with his cool and easy vocals Pyke got straight in to it. With just a guitar loop pedal and harmonica the crowd was singing along to favourites 'Clover Suns', 'Candle In The Window' and 'The Summer'. With a crowd mostly in there mid 20’s, the audience was locked in to the smooth vocals. It’s like he’s always been there in the background. Somewhere on an iPod or one of the many CD’s lying around. My mates and I were thinking of good drunken times and how Pyke’s music perfectly painted the picture of those good times.
Pyke took time between songs to chat to the audience about his experiences touring through WA and how it influenced the writing of 'Gold Mine'. 'The Lighthouse Song', 'White Lines Dancing' and 'Lines on Palms' saw the good vibes flowing. It all led to a big finish with crowd finding firing up for 'Leeward Side', and finishing off with 'Middle of the Hill'.
Seeing Pyke totally stripped back was also a treat. Lopping harmonies, harmonica and acoustic melodies he delivered an energetic and fun set, while also getting seep and allowing the crowd time to reminisce and appreciate. A ripper night, you may not catch Pyke nearby, but it is well worth seeing this Aussie legend while you can.
Reviewer: Josh Duane
Photography Credit: Anwyn Howarth