Tuesday 18th February
Wakefield Rhubarb Festival
It was 12:30 midday (the hottest part of a weirdly summer-like February day, topping 17°C) and after leaving The Hepworth i thought it round-about time for me to relax with some good music and a nice cup of tea, but our Wakefield antics were not over just yet.
Walking into the city centre hit me with this huge mixture off smells, different types of food, the perfumes and sprays of the different people who’d gathered for the festival and as is synonymous with Wakey – cigarette smoke. Yet amidst the nasal sensory overload, my ears picked up a
familiar and welcoming sound; the refreshing twang of a steel-strung acoustic guitar.
Walking further still into the crowd, i found myself entering a medium sized circular yurt with tables laid out around the edges, leaving space for a staging set at the opposite end of the yurt from the doors and an open circular middle space. This space must’ve been holding at least one hundred and fifty people easily.
It was easy to tell that Scott had a particular style from the minute i heard him playing his music, and this style was influenced by a mixture of blues, folk, and some country music. His finger-picked guitar technique was so clear and well practiced and quite honestly in the beginning drew my attention away from his singing, which was equally stylised and well executed and full of bluesy/folk passion. But then he finished his first song and i immediately realised that this guy was a far better stage performer than i first anticipated because not only did Scott make sweet sweet music, but he knew how to play the crowd during the changeover period between songs with comedy! With just a guitar, microphone and amplifier he had the audience clapping and laughing even when this music probably wasn’t their prefered genre.
During changeovers he’d throw in the odd joke about his music being terrible which the audience laughed at in a disagreement. For example he joked “if you’ve got some bad neighbors, want to get shut, just buy my CD for a fiver and play it, that’ll get shut”, which had the crowd howling.
Overall, Scott seemed to have an amazing passion for his music that i haven’t really
experienced before, and he certainly had major ‘dad joke’ vibes while doing his comedy bits
which livened up the act more-so.