Thursday, June 03, 2010

Camera Obscura woos sold out Duke Gardens crowd

The weather was looking grim early Wednesday evening for the weekly Music in the Gardens series concert, but just before the show was set to start, the rain passed and the tarps were removed for Scottish band Camera Obscura to take the stage.

The sextet's indie pop fit right in with the garden's lush surroundings. They rolled through a set spanning the band's last three albums, starting with the title track from their latest album My Maudlin Career.

Early in the set between songs, singer Tracyanne Campbell informed the crowd that "If we're looking a bit red in the face and sort of anxious, it's because they're not used to the heat." Guitarist Kenny McKeeve jumped in saying "We're also scared of all the flying insects." Campbell picked it back up adding "And the criticism from your children who look quite bored." That dry wit was present throughout the set.

The set seemed designed to slowly build of steam, being capped off with the band's most exuberant tunes including "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken," "If Looks Could Kill" and "French Navy."

As the sun sank and the night drew closer, the band returned for an encore of the bouncy "Let's Get Out of This Country" and the symphonic "Razzle Dazzle Rose," where auxiliary player Nigel Baillie Tim Cronin stepped forward to belt out the final trumpet lines.

The show was certainly one of the best, if not the best, of the Duke Gardens series so far.

[all photos by Kevin Norris]

Camera Obscura set list
My Maudlin Career
Tears For Affairs
The Sweetest Thing
Suspended From Class
Honey in the Sun
Forests ands Sands
Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken
If Looks Could Kill
French Navy
Come Back Margaret
Let's Get Out of This Country
Razzle Dazzle Rose


Anonymous said...

Excellent performance! Pat on the back to Duke for arranging the show and putting on a flawless event. Darn you folks with your uncontrollable toddlers wrestling in front of the stage. Especially you, Durham's version of Kate Gosselin (Bulls hat) with the kids who distracted C.O. from completing a song.

JT said...

on the track list, second question mark was "Swans" if I remember correctly.

great show for sure.

Anonymous said...

The trumpet player is actually Tim Cronin.

Anonymous said...

I picked up a setlist off of the stage at this show. Here is what Camera Obscura has written:

1. My Maudlin Career
2. Keep it Clean
3. Tears for Affairs
4. The Sweetest Thing
5. Suspended from the Class
6. Honey in the Sun
7. James
8. Forests & Sands
9. Swans
10. Lloyd, I'm Ready to be Heartbroken
11. If Looks Could Kill
12. French Navy
13. Come Back Margaret
1. Country Mile / 80's Fan
2. Let's Get Out of This Country
3. Razzle Dazzle Rose