County Durham folk singer-songwriter Harri Endersby landed at the ARC in Stockton tonight perched with her lead guitarist husband Rich and ready to play folk songs and tell tales of celebration towards the North East.
Harri’s folk-centred melodies always have an overarching story to them. Each song has an encompassing and emotional narrative, for example, ‘Shadow’ from Harri’s 2014 album ‘Ivy Crown’ follows a tale of when the folk singer was studying at university. During her studies, she lived in sombre and overcast accommodation where shadows would combine into many different shapes, almost playing tricks with the mind. The single follows the idea of what stories can be told from these shadows.
Her single ‘Tobacco Tin’ is about a mailman who always used to smoke whilst on shift. There was one woman whom he’d deliver mail to every day and he reminded her of her husband who’d died – so the song really delves into those emotions.
Harri sang the majority of her latest 2017 album, ‘Homes / Lives’, which is a celebration towards the North East. She also delved into her 2014 EP album ‘Ivy Crown’ and also performed a few covers including Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’, Johnny Flynn’s ‘Detectorists’ and a few traditional folk songs.
Harri finalised the performance with the first ever song that she wrote, a single called ‘1963’. The track has a lovely melody and talks all about hindsight and going back to a certain time-period.
Overall, Harri Endersby was a joy to witness live. Her beautiful vocals and relatable story-hinged lyrics should be heard by everyone in the North East.