Sisters back to weave their magic

Webb Sisters
Webb Sisters

AMID the glowing reviews for the new Leonard Cohen album, there are plenty of pleasing references to the Webb Sisters who provide backing vocals.

When Charley and Hattie were at The Greystones last May, they filled the place, and many in the audience indicated they were there as a result of seeing the duo on Cohen’s first world tour in 15 years.

In fact, the Great Man can be heard introducing them as they sing a live version of one of his songs, If It Be Your Will, on their latest album, Savages.

Born into a family of musicians in Kent, they continue to make their name as singers and writers and with gentle arrangements for the guitar, harp and mandolin.

The sisters mix in pretty impressive circles. They have also toured with Jamie Cullum, Rufus Wainwright, James Morrison and Katie Melua, the Savages album was produced by Peter Asher and they represented the UK at America’s 400th anniversary celebrations.

Last summer they performed at Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival.

It was a good night at The Greystones, when they were joined by brother Brad on percussion, and the Webb Sisters are coming back to Sheffield, this time at the Crucible Studio on Saturday.

There is a note that concert starts at 7.45pm and will run for 90 minutes with no interval. The Webb Sisters will be in the foyer afterwards to chat to the audience and sign CDs.