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Touchstone live review - Borderline, London

Live Review

Venue: Borderline, London

Touchstone make a welcome return to London with support from Heather Findlay

Despite West End Christmas distractions and IQ’s annual seasonal bash just across town, there’s a healthy, eager audience here for Touchstone’s first London show with their rejuvenated line-up.

Heather Findlay’s largely unplugged band warms up the crowd first. Ably accompanied by guitarist Martin Ledger, virtuoso harpist Sarah Dean and enthusiastic Touchstone drummer Henry Rogers’ turn on cajon and a surprise stint behind the keyboards, Findlay focuses on her recent winter-themed anthology I Am Snow, and on tunes spanning her impressive career. From Mostly Autumn we get delicate ballad Eyes Of The Forest and the fragile melancholy of Above The Blue, and from the Mantra Vega project, Lake Sunday. Findlay is spot on throughout, capturing changing moods and folk-steeped beauty.

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