Ruarri Joseph takes to the CafeLive stage with the familiarity of a regular to the Gylly Beach Cafe. A seasoned performer and certainly no stranger to Cornwall – the cafe is crammed full of what appears to be some of his loyalist of fans lining the bar and taking up any available seat.
The charming, floppy-haired bearded man in part looks to be cut from a folk cloth, and yet the predominantly acoustic led music that accompanies him is every part your typical singer-songwriter. Supported by the ‘so damn smooth’ Harry Hardman on the drums and Chris Jones on bass, the trio seamlessly made their way through a soothing set of old and new.
Ruarri’s brand of rousing acoustic tracks accompany his distinctive warming vocals to create music that is crafted for venues like these that sit just yards from the sea. The atmosphere of the evening is captured perfectly five songs in with the introduction of one of his oldest, ‘Baby Finn’ which is as one guy pointed out “a fucking beautiful track.”
The loyal contingent of fans sat patiently through his unfamiliar new material, warming in particular to new tracks like ‘Good Thing Fallen‘ and ‘Anyway‘. The new record is apparently on its way he promises, on more than one occasion, to the over-heated crowd who looked as if they were feeling the effects of such a warm intimate venue.
With plenty of new material to take home with them, Ruarri couldn’t resist returning to a couple of classics to round up the sixty minute set. Only a two track encore would follow, but thats alright , classics like ‘Orchards For an Apple’ were still to come. Arguably the finest four minutes of the night were met with a definitive seal of approval as the insanely catchy chorus reverberated around the cafe. With no curtain or stage to disappear behind it was more of a case of a little swig of water and a shuffle of instruments before the guitar was picked up for the last time.