AS ANDREW & EMILY TOOK TO THE STAGE AT THE END OF THE LONG DARK TUNNEL, ALL LIGHTS FOCUSED ON THEM. THE AUDIENCE TRANSFIXED, LOST IN THE WINDING LYRICAL SCANS AND BEAUTIFUL INSTRUMENTAL ACCOMPANIMENTS.

Mandolin Orange are Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz. A Guitar, Mandolin and Fiddle all switch hands between songs. Andrews comfortingly solemn voice and Emily’s beautiful highs harmonise to create a wonderfully varied, unique sound. With their first show in Bristol only a few months ago they returned to Bristol to play The Tunnels on the 9th of May – bringing Josh Oliver with them to open the show.

As Andrew & Emily took to the stage at the end of the long dark tunnel, all lights focused on them. The audience transfixed, lost in the winding lyrical scans and beautiful instrumental accompaniments. Between songs they were charmingly American hosts, polite and modest to the soul. They made light of the 95% humidity playing hell with their instruments with insightful explanations and stories.

Playing a good mix of old and new, There Was A Time, Old Ties and Companions, Cavalry and Daylight to name a few. For any Folk rooted band, taking on any song by Bob Dylan and making it their own is no easy task. They introduced Boots of Spanish Leather as “A long one” to massive applause, with Fiddle, Guitar and a male and female vocal taking on the respective roles within the lyrics, the song takes on a whole new light which fits their image like a tailored suit. The set closed with Josh Oliver joining them back on stage.

Teasing new material in the set we can hope to see a new release from Mandolin Orange soon and that they aren’t strangers to Bristol when they do.

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