Once aptly described as “Fairport Convention meets Cream”, Tabernacle is the loud and heavy brainchild of San Francisco folkies Walker Phillips and Caira Paravel, who each released well-received solo albums in 2019. They’ve swapped their acoustic guitars for Les Pauls and tube amplifiers, but they’ve not strayed from their folk roots – Tabernacle’s repertoire consists exclusively of traditional folk ballads, many of which are hundreds of years old. The melodies and lyrics of these medieval ballads are retained, but the arrangements are re-imagined as psychedelic, proto-metal ragers.
Phillips on guitar and vocals and Paravel on lead vocals and keys, are joined by Camilla Saufley (Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, Golden Void) on bass and Christopher Grant on drums. Tabernacle’s live performances are a theatrical mix of storytelling, wailing guitars, pummeling rhythm and traditional singing.
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