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Gone Native (Nicholson and Gore)

By | Published on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Edinburgh residents Kevin Gore and Bobby Nicholson present an hour of acoustic folk in ‘Gone Native’, a title that pokes gentle fun at how few festival performers actually hail from Edinburgh. Gore plays first, exuding relaxed charisma. He is judicious with his powerful voice, unleashing it fully only at choice moments. Nicolson takes the stage next, and good lord the man can handle a guitar, though at times he’s in danger of drowning out his own singing with his exuberant strumming. Nicholson’s material is more comedic (chuckles rather than belly laughs) whereas Gore’s is topical but this does end up feeling odd structurally, almost like two shows packed into one. The ending duet, however, is rousing stuff.

The Royal Oak, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]