Prita Grealy

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Live Review by Andrew Lock

Headline set time and Prita hailing from Australia gave us a dynamic, full of originality performance covering several genres effectively incorporating live loops (so all of the music produced on the night) which added numerous layers of extra vocals and guitar to some numbers, not used all the time and for some songs we just simply had Prita’s gorgeous voice and guitar work flowing over us..
Standout numbers in a set of real quality included the laid back ‘Mellow’, the haunting rhythmic sounds of the emotional ‘Jungandi Wardu’ (really moving and obviously about a subject very close to Prita’s heart) and making fantastic use of the live loops the funky ‘I Got the Fire’.
Of the many different influences to her work the one that stood out for me was Tracy Chapman especially during the powerful ‘My Home’ her take on the refugee/boat people issues in Australia and the fact that apart from the Aborigines everyone in the country arrived on a boat or plane.
One of the most original pieces of stage craft I have witnessed at a show occurred during this set when Prita invited a member of the audience onto the stage and asked him to say any words he liked into the live loop machine (sure it has a more technical term!) and she would then incorporate the repeating recorded words into a song, she did this twice so we had spontaneous performances on the subjects of “When a man loves a woman” and “Science revision”.
What a cracking set to end a fantastic evening of live music I can honestly say I enjoyed every number, a night of such variety of sounds and genres with top musicianship all round, the whole night a complete success and proving what we all know live music is best (if you disagree I am afraid you are wrong).

Andrew Lock
April 2012