Skyfall

A film which has not only taken away certain aspects of what we would consider to be stereotypical James Bond, but has also tried to bring back old ones which we lost after Die Another Day (2002). There are parts of Skyfall which will have avid Bond fans bouncing in their seats, such as the reintroduction of the Aston Martin DB5, and then other parts where these fans will be feeling a frown as Bond drinks a Heineken in bed instead of a, shaken not stirred, Martini.

All Bond films which are released now are always going to be criticised against how the good earlier films were; Dr. No, Live And Let Die, Goldfinger etc. There’s no denying that Daniel Craig is an exquisite James Bond, he has the class and the looks, however the close relationship with ‘M’ which is present throughout the film takes away the dominant role that Dame Judi Dench, among other previous actors who have played the character, brought to the role, and it just erases another aspect of the original films, no matter how good she is an actress.

Javier Bardem does give a great villainous performance as ‘Silva’, but he does not show off the evil side of himself until further into the film, which, in other words takes a while for the primary antagonist to be shown. Naomi Harris or Berenice Marlohe are supposedly the bond girls of the film, but fail to give off the sexiness and style which recent actresses; Ursula Andress, Jane Seymour, Honor Blackman, gave to the part in previous films.

Skyfall is a Bond film which has tried to recapture the essence of the classic pictures, and in some ways it has done, but no matter how many great actors, sexy women or British catchphrases that are put into the film, we will never get Bond back.

Lily and Meg (Somerwick Sessions)

Falmouth based duo play an intimate musical evening

A candle lit stage provides the atmosphere for tonights acts, which starts off with guitarist and keyboardist, Rosie Caldecott, who sets a passionate dark tone through her vocals, and in parts sends you deep in to a trance as she tells an unhappy story through her grandmother’s poetry. Caldecott continues with her darkened mood as she switches to guitar part way through, and strums through her whimsical chords. An opening act which feels like ‘A Fine Frenzy’ gives the audience a sense of what’s to come.

The main act, Lily Somerville and Meg Markwick (Lily and Meg), are here performing for their ‘Somerwick’ sessions which are filmed and then uploaded to their You tube channel. The duo are purely introduced by Somerville’s soothing voice and guitar, which are then joined by Markwick’s echoic, delicate vocals and banjo, as the pair start off their set with ‘High Weather’. This performance shows off their talents, their two voices counteract beautifully together as they ring out high and low notes through the room. Markwick brings the harmonica in to second song, ‘Doubt Me Not’, and it welcomes a darker ‘Bob Dylan’ sound to the duo, and ‘Whispering Wind’ sees them becoming more upbeat, and I’m sure that most audience members will have been tapping their foot at this point.

Photo: Jess Beechey

As the girls play through their set they continue to amaze, showing off once again their vocal talents with Markwick providing the higher main voice, but then at the same time it seems she is also the backing vocals as the lyrics quiver out of her throat behind Somerville’s.

The final song tonight, ‘Homeward Girl’, is described by the girls as “our hillbilly song”, and it gives a twist on the rest of the performance as it sounds like it is from the deep south, all that was missing was someone blowing into a jug.

Throughout the six-song set it is clear that real emotion and passion have gone in to these songs, which keep the crowd listening throughout. The girls provided a mix of acoustic melodies and emotional folk, something that the music scene in Falmouth needs…something different.

For more information on Lily and Meg, and the Somerwick Sessions, visit their Facebook page.

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