Venue:The Birdcage, Norwich Support Bands: Danny Whitehouse, Alex Sheppard Date 06/04/10 In a night consisting of three singer-songwriters, there’s no denying that little twinge you get at the beginning of the night, that one that makes you wonder - “Is this going to get tiresome?” The overwhelming feeling was yes, until Adelaide’s Cape stepped up. I say stepped up, more took half a step forward. The Birdcage isn’t what you’d call roomy. Still, Sam Taylor is almost certainly going to be taking his project to bigger rooms, that’s for sure. Coming on after Danny Whitehouse’s French café acoustica and Alex Sheppard’sscathing wit, he stepped the whole night up a gear. After the previous singers had quietly strummed their way through their sets he went from tricky picked parts to ramshackle folk brilliantly. Not to say they were inadequate, especially not Whitehouse. He draws heavily on Tom Waits with drawling vocals yet with a somehow timid demeanour. He’s rough around the edges but undoubtedly a clever songwriter. Taylor though has so much more depth, fleeting Mumford and Sons-esque jaunts are coupled with softer songs that carry more than a slight likeness to Fionn Regan. A complement if ever there were one. Joined by regular collaborator Hannah Richardson on percussion for half the set, she compliments him like every singer-songwriter needs, none more so than on Rush Hour Wind and Harbour. His formula is refined and suited to his thick accented vocals. He’s immersed in it too, barely looking up mid-songs, for some reason you cant help getting immersed yourself.