Artist(s): Cove Hithe
Venue: Alcove Stage
Reviewer: Glen Pearce
Latitude has always done well in uncovering and supporting local Suffolk bands destined for the big time. Framingham-based Ed Sheeran played the festival in his early career and nowCove Hithe, from just up the road from Henham Park play the festival.
It’s an accomplished set, in front of a capacity crowd on the Alcove Stage for the trio, supplemented here by an additional bass player.
Home support is always welcome but there’s plenty here to draw in newcomers to the band. Soulful melodies, haunting vocals and first-rate musicianship prove to be the perfect showcase for frontman Jay Ducker, singer, fiddle and harmonica player Matilda Pendered and percussionist Rory Duckett.
It’s an infectious set that fuses musical genres to create a fresh, engaging and accomplished sound. Shades of soul, folk, blues, country and even an Irish jig meld into a set packed with soaring melody. It doesn’t take long for the audience’s feet to start tapping, for the clapping to start and for them to be won over by Cove Hithe’s easy charm and warmth.
By the time the lastnotes of the group’s final number, Somewhere I Don’t Belong have faded, the audience are on their feet for a well deserved standing ovation. Far from not belonging, this polished and pitch perfect performance shows that Cove Hithe have an assured place in both the local and national music scene.
Image:Zaren Templeton – Stopped Clock Imaging