Review: Gregory and the Hawk @ Big Chill House



I’m working chronologically through all the shows I’ve seen this week… on Monday I saw Gregory and the Hawk with Ora Cogan at the Big Chill House.

I got there early and took a seat and drew in my book (I’m really behind). The music was good, I heard that opening riff from Under the Pines and I was like ‘wait, is this Bodies of Water??’ and yes, of course it was. They also played some Fleet Foxes and Cat Power, and therefore get the seal of approval from me. I ended up talking to a guy who came all the way from Hastings to see Gregory and the Hawk, his favourite band.

It wasn’t long before the first act started, she was Ora Cogan. She played folksy songs. The song that really caught my ear was her cover of the Leadbelly song- In The Pines. She played for about twenty five minutes I think. After the show we spoke to her briefly, she said she’s from Vancouver and told us she has a show at the Wilmington Arms on Wednesday. After a short change over it was time for Gregory and the Hawk. When I saw her on Sunday she played acoustically, this time it was electric. She has a really fantastic voice. The crowd listened attentively, which was nice.  I think she came on around 8.45 and was done by 9.30. After she finished playing I quickly said hi and that I thought her set was great, and she said she recognised me from the busk yesterday. Then I quickly made a dash to Kings Cross and got the tube to Old Street, and then walked to the Old Blue Last… which is where I saw the second gig of the evening.

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