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Posted Nov 23rd, 2014 (8:44 am) by Sarah Wilson
Cariad Harmon
Image by Sarah L Wilson Photography
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Sometimes the most basic of sets is the most powerful. If you've seen and heard Cariad Harmon live, you'll know exactly what I mean.

Back in October I stopped by Rockwood Music Hall in NYC during CMJ in time to catch a folk artist who'd been on the peripherals of my radar for the past few months. Cariad's show turned out to be one of the highlights of the week.

The NYC show I caught was on the eve of the release of her sophomore album, Cariad Harmon, and was one of my favorites of the week. With the album officially released now, she did a (far too short) run of shows around the north east in support of it. Pittsburgh was lucky enough to make the list.

Quietly strong, bluesy and bright Cariad's voice is one that once you hear it, you're hooked. (No pun intended). Her set was heavy with songs from her new album, including "Wicked Town" and "Wiliamsburg Bridge". One of Cariad's dominate themes in her music is her adopted city of New York (she's originally from London) her songs are woven with themes reflecting life there; the trials and tribulations. She joked about needing to travel more to have other cities influence her! There's more than geography to Cariad's work though. Weaving between the plucky guitar parts are themes of love, hope and finding a way to make a mark, however slight, in this world.

On a cold night the warm tones of Cariad, her acoustic guitar, and her singing partner Orly were not just welcome, they were the perfect end to a long cold week. Her short tour is already over but if you're in the NYC area you can catch her up-coming residencey in December at Rockwood.

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