Indelible String Band
Rudd and Noel Kennedy with Jeremy Alsop, Sarah Morse, Isabel
Macindoe and Roger
This is/was always an incredibly ambitious project
when I reflect on it. It first came to light in 2019 when I began
receiving prompts from maestro Noel Kennedy in the form of mp3s
that purported to be songs from my vintage repertoire, but beautifully
rearranged for a string quintet. It all culminated in a valiant
performance at the Brunswick Ballroom in late 2021, (pic)
which was nearly aborted when the maestro suffered a heart attack
and underwent an operation to insert four stents only days before
the scheduled performance!
Given the circumstances I still have trouble judging the merits
of the concept, even after reviewing the videos provided by the
always-supportive Peter Lamont who filmed the entire show.
As a result the String Band project is in hiatus at present while
Noel and I consider various possibilities.
It's such a noble concept - there were moments I actually teared
up, it all sounded so beautiful - and the support and generosity
of everybody involved was overwhelming.
No damn it! The Indelible String Band has to step
up once more and re-present a fully realised version of Noel's vision
to an adoring public. Let it be so!
String Band in rehearsal on YouTube