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Rebecca Pronsky and Rich Bennett

The elegant setting of the newly restored listed Old Courthouse in the small North Yorkshire market town of Thirsk, played host to Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Rebecca Pronsky and husband/guitarist Rich Bennett as part of their current UK tour. Flanked by the Courtroom's non-tapered Tuscan columns, previously accustomed to the sound of gavels being pounded, the duo provided a contrast to the historic English surroundings by performing a couple of sets of their own particular brand of Americana, for the latest of the 'Loosely Folk' series of concerts.  

Opening their first set with Big Demands, a song from Rebecca's newly released third full-length album ONLY DAUGHTER, Rebecca and Rich eased into their set with a selection of songs not only from the new album but also from their back catalogue, interspersed with anecdotal tales and stories collected from their travels. With Rebecca alternating between her trusty Guild and a vintage tenor guitar and Rich pretty much sticking to his Gibson ES, the duo performed stripped down versions of the songs we have come to be familiar with over the last few years, including Hard Times, Big City Lights and Aberdeen

Drawing a dividing line between Rebecca's twenties and her venture into her thirties, the singer jokingly professed to sing exclusively about politicians and growing up; the fact that since her last visit to the UK she has married Rich, got a cat, moved apartments and made a new album indicates that growing up is indeed a fast-paced affair. The new album was well represented tonight with songs such as Rise Up, Mark Kozelek's Glenn Tipton, The Garden and the gorgeous Come Down. Concluding with an acoustic off-mic rendition of a brand new song, the duo left a good impression on the packed Courthouse audience tonight. 

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky