A Night Of Great Folk-Tinged Punk Rock! Or Was It Punk-Tinged Folk?

I first saw Kingsley Flood perform a number of years ago (perhaps five) at the Lowell Summer Music Series and thoroughly enjoyed their opening set. I am thrilled that their career has been on a steady rise since then, and was excited to attend this EP release show.

Kingsley Flood

Kingsley Flood

This year, the band released a series of EPs, the most recent of which is The Good Fight. They are based in Boston, so what better place to hold an event but The Sinclair!

From the moment they took the stage, the crowd became rapt! Naseem Khuri is the front man, singing lead vocals and playing rhythm guitar. I do not know where he gets his energy, but I want some of it! He jumps around the stage, sometimes landing on the drums riser (and jumping off it), sometimes landing on his back!

Naseem Khuri

Naseem Khuri

Nassem Khuri

Nassem Khuri

Also in the band are Eva Walsh on fiddle and vocals; Chris Barrett on trumpet, keys, percussion and vocals; George Hall on lead guitar and vocals; Nick Balkin on bass and vocals; and Travis Richter on drums, percussion and vocals.

Eva Walsh

Eva Walsh

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Chris Barrett

George Hall

George Hall

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Nick Balkin

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Travis Richter

Kingsley Flood is not easy to categorize. Are they folk? Punk? Folk-punk? Punk-folk? Does it really matter as long as they’re good? I say it does not matter! Punk seems to pair well with acoustic instruments, at least to my ears.

Kingsley Flood

Kingsley Flood

It is clear they have a tremendous amount of fun when they perform, and that always translates into an excellent show. As I looked around the venue, I saw only smiling faces and swaying bodies.

Naseem Khuri

Naseem Khuri

They also have tremendous talent. Eva has been playing fiddle on the local music scene for a number of years and I have seen her play with other bands a few times. Kingsley Flood seems to suit her perfectly.

Eva Walsh

Eva Walsh

Everyone else is quite talented too, but I am not as aware of their careers as I am of Eva’s career. Travis is an extremely animated drummer; I loved watching him!

Travis Richter

Travis Richter

I look forward to seeing much more of them, although they will probably start playing larger and larger venues. I hope they will always have a soft spot for The Sinclair!

Kingsley Flood (Naseem airborn)

Kingsley Flood (Naseem airborn)

Two bands did a great job of opening the show. The first was Grey Season, a band composed of Jon Mills on lead vocals, acoustic guitar, and Irish bouzouki; Matt Knelman on lead and acoustic guitars and vocals: Chris ‘Gooch’ Bloniarz on banjo, mandolin, keyboards, dobro and vocals, Ian Jones on bass and vocals; and Ben Burns on drums, percussion and vocals.

Grey Season

Grey Season – Jon Mills

They performed a half-hour set that impressed me yet again with how good these young musicians are. Playing original folk-rock, they have been touring this year in support of their début album, Time Will Tell You Well.

Grey Season - Ian Jones

Grey Season – Ian Jones

After their set, Bombadil took the stage. Sounding similar to They Might Be Giants, the crowd enjoyed their set as well.

Bombadil

Bombadil

Dressed like twins, James Phillips and Daniel Michalak switch instruments throughout the set, as do the other two members of the band.

Bombadil

Bombadil

This was one of those shows I did not want to end! Even though it was fairly late when it did (especially considering it was a Friday night), I could have listened to another hour of Kingsley Flood! I hope they return soon with a new full-length album!

Thanks to Kingsley Flood for the ticket; all opinions are my own.

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on December 7, 2015, in concert photos, concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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