On a chilly Sunday evening, the English Folk Dance and Song Society's headquarters at Cecil Sharp House in North London played the fitting host to a collective of undeniably dexterous musicians in the form of Penguin Café.

Born out of the ashes of his father's inventive collective of a similar name, Arthur Jeffes (son of Simon) and his 10-person strong line-up have been continuing the musical mission first set out by their predecessors four decades previously. This was eloquently uttered on the night by Jeffes in one of the many touching nods to the music of his deceased father, which he described as constantly: "Finding different depths and putting them together."

One thing that has always been very apparent in the music of the two generations of Jeffes lies at the very heart of much of their music, no more so than in the well known opener of the evening 'Perpetuum Mobile'. Like so many of their trademark tracks, the uplifting effect cannot be denied and throughout the evening, it became very apparent that the formula for this reaction comes from the aforementioned depth each one of their tracks seems to hold. Their rendition of 'Landau II' perfectly encapsulated this as layers upon layers seamlessly intertwined to wondrous effect. This was made all the more full bodied by the complimentary acoustics found at the landmark venue, leaving it close to impossible not to find yourself drifting off to some homemade sweeping landscape.

This sort of highly synchronous melding is no easy task, especially when there are 10 individuals involved in a live environment such as this one, but this is an ode to the remarkable musicianship that each member holds. With an understanding of music at a level I find hard to fathom, the performers managed to display a rare deftness without the usual level of ostentation on songs like 'Giles Farnaby's Dream', that left the receptive crowd somewhat agitated by their seated posture, displayed only by a brief accompaniment of collective footstomps.

Whilst this two hour long performance, which contained an impressive setlist of 19 tracks and even came with an interval, may have been verging on over-indulgent, Jeffes managed to keep a level of modest accessibility that meant it was far from this. This came, in part, from the charisma in which Jeffes and the music presented itself. In between tracks, Jeffes articulated in such a way that the crowd (myself included) never felt distanced, a feeling that may have been amplified by the band’s ground-level staging. The stories behind songs like 'Telephone & Rubber Band', which was inspired by a sample recorded by Jeffes Snr. during a cross-lined telephone call, meant the crowd were always engaged on levels higher than the music could ever hope for.

This, combined with the complete lack of any form of pretentiousness made for a stirring evening of music, which was confirmed by pockets of standing ovational gratitude following the climax of closer 'Salty Bean Fumble'.