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Live Review and photos: Port Cities @ The Slaughtered Lamb, London

by Mark Fletcher, Sonic Shocks

With all of this three-piece hailing from Nova Scotia Canada, this was the first date of their tour in the UK.

The band have only two years of existence as a unit forming Port Cities in 2015. They quickly signed up with tutlemusik in 2016 and released their debut album in 2017 (not in the UK).

The trio are made of Dylan Guthro, Breagh Mackinnon, and Carleton Stone all singer songwriters in their own right having successful music pasts prior to Port Cities.

For a Monday night in London, the attendance at the Slaughtered Lamb was more than respectable by the time the band took to the stage. With additional musical support in the guise of bass and drums, the now five-piece opened up with a good reception from the attentive crowd.

The set was full of album tracks as you would expect which hearing live gave me a different but better slant on their music. With an underlying folk base and clear Nashville influences the music was appealing but when it rocked a little, it became a force to be reckoned with for aural pleasure.

It’s clear this well experienced singer/songwriter trio has talent. For me the heavier tracks were more appealing and when the bass player and drummer decided to leave the stage, I was a little concerned they would not carry the same credibility. I was wrong (yes this sometimes happens), because the pure trio took on a different guise and maintained their entertainability. [READ MORE]