The Chapin Sisters at Leaf on Bold St – review

Posted on 9 June 2011
By Matt Barden
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Dandelion Girl hosted the first stop of The Chapin Sister’s debut UK tour at Leaf.

Liverpool’s premiere vintage shop brought the folk duo to the atmospheric surroundings of Leaf, where the sisters brought their haunting and immaculate harmonies to Liverpool.

The folk-pop duo consist of Abigail and Lily Chapin, sisters from LA by the way of New York, whose sound is a refreshing blend of folk, blues, roots and jazz.

They captivated the crowd with an a cappella rendition of Sweet Light before picking up the acoustic guitars and showcasing tracks off the new album including a very emotional Roses in Winter and the foot stompin’ Digging a Hole.

The sisters seemed suitably impressed with their surrounds with Abigail asking the crowd, ‘Do all Liverpudlian buildings look like this? I dared myself to use Liverpudlian in a sentence onstage.’

Abigail and Lilly harmonised with utter ease throughout the set, their timing was perfect and surely a result of the special bond that only siblings share.

Britney Spear’s Toxic got the acoustic treatment and proved that when sung with a bit of soul and feeling it is actually a nice song lyrically. The girls joked, ‘If only we’d written that song, we wouldn’t be touring we’d be sitting in our Malibu mansion instead.’

The American song writers gave a stripped back and personal set which was fully appreciated by the Leaf crowd. Ending with a gorgeous cover of the Smith’s I Know It’s Over, they left Liverpool with a few more fans and an ever growing reputation as a leading light in the Folk-Pop movement.