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This Is Plymouth: Review AHAB

SHOWS at the historic Devonport Guildhall have been gaining momentum since their initiation in the summer of 2011 and last Wednesday saw the best-supported yet, when poster boys for the country/pop scene, AHAB (pictured) arrived.

Much of the crowd were already converts to their early Eagles meets Crosby Stills and Nash, via the streets of London vibe, having already seen them at Port Eliot Festival or in Cornwall on tour with Bellowhead.

But even those who hadn’t were soon bowled over by their easy on both ear and eye charms as their angelic four part harmonies echoed around this grand historic room which seems almost as high as it is wide.

With a batch of superbly constructed ditties under their collective belts, their tunes are the unshakeable sort that you wake up singing the next day. Particular stand outs included Call A Waiter – which sounds not un-Fleet Foxes like, but better to my mind – and the relatively raucous and completely infectious Joanna, which is arguably the most likely to send them rocketing up the pop charts.

If the Mumfords can do it, why not AHAB?

But particularly poignant was the a cappella closer, My Father’s Eyes, sung without amplification, that closed the show leaving us in no doubt whatsoever that these guys are destined for great things.

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