Gourmet & Grooves Street Festival | 19 Oct 2018 | 8.15pm
Harper Kayt Wallace immerses herself in 36 strings of Electric Harp, artfully bending the organic tones of this ancient instrument with classic guitar effects as her smoky vocals sweep from whispers to roars. Combined with the rich grooves of songwriting partner Stephan Beattie on Bass/Guitar and the playful rhythms of Andrea Joy Norden on skins, the trio make magic on stage.
Acknowledged with highly commended 4 times in the Blues & Roots, Folk and World categories of the QLD Music Awards, it’s difficult to pin these musical adventurers down to one genre. Let’s just say The Moonsets create an exquisitely eclectic subtropical blend of psychedelic folk laced with soul funk, blues, jazz and a splash of reggae but be prepared to have your preconceptions blown in the best possible way.
Received warmly both on festival stages and intimate venues, The trio have performed at the following soirees as The Flumes; MONA, Folk Rhythm & Life, Woodford, Earth Frequency, Floating Land, Island Vibe, Kuranda Roots and Palm Creek festivals, and have had the pleasure to support Mojo Juju, The Church, WooHoo Revue, Kingfisha and Violent Femmes.
Electric Harp pours out psychedelic melodies over stylin’ rhythms laced with soulful vocals. Folk funksters The Moonsets conjure up a lushly groovy, dark and sparkling, magical brew.
“She’s hot as blue fire how she manipulates the electric harp into a sound that’s all her own. She does for the electric harp what Jean Luc Ponty did for the electric violin adding wah and psychedelic textures to what is traditionally thought to be a more classical instrument. Wallace’s harp streams solid warmth seamlessly in a clean medley of folk and jazz and accompanied by her unique vocal delivery, weaving both subtle whispers and soulful flair, makes for an outstanding front woman.
All we can say now is “We want more!”