MiL present Hidden Sounds: Reviewed

Music is Love presented Hidden Sounds, the opportunity to retreat away from reading and essays for a night, and instead enjoy some beautiful melodies in a completely unrevealed location. And what an adventure it was, as we departed on a mystery trip into the darkness, to the world that we sometimes forget exists beyond Saint Andrews.

About twenty minutes later, we arrived in the quaint little fishing village of Pittenweem. I’ve actually been to Pittenweem before, but it’s a totally different experience to be in such a small place at night. The exact location of our night was to be in the Cocoa Tree Café which is run by the Pittenweem Chocolate Company.

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The warm, continental ambience was a welcomed hideaway from the freezing cold night air. Although small, the café was the perfect spot for our intimate group of 30. The room was set up with tables and chairs to gather around, with a central stage set aglow with fairy lights, and flanked by angel sculptures and vintage chocolate-related art pieces. On the back table sat a luring of the most deliciously rich hot chocolate I think I have ever tasted. It could only be described as drinking a warm cup of the most beautiful melted chocolate and cream (good thing we were limited to one cup). The Cocoa Tree Café would be well worth a visit at any time, it would be nice to see it in the daylight hours and to head back for food.

Our first act was Sarah Banjo, the acoustic banjo artist from Fife. Not limited to the banjo, Sarah also plays guitar. Her performance was intimate and relatable, as she recounted stories of her life and her young daughter, both of which have influenced her work. Her songs were touchingly personal, and laced with diverse and intricate strumming. She also provided a twist with a few songs influenced by the country genre.

After a short interlude, and a trip to check out the chocolates on offer (and no, I refrained from buying any after the hot chocolate) the performance returned to the young singer and songwriter, Lidh who is based in Fife, in East Neuk. Accompanied by her lovely dad on the drums, Eilidh’s songs were played on the mandolin and guitar. Her voice was fragile and uniquely Scottish and her lyrics reflected her own experiences and adventures.


Later on, our last act was all the way from Newcastle, Dittie Elly. Her songs are delicate and soft. Her voice, as she acknowledged herself, was enough to lull everyone into a warm dreamy state – certainly not a bad thing. Her tunes were raw and yet so fully composed of only a guitar and a voice. Dittie was also the sweetest, and most humble girl. It must be wonderful to play with such a captivated and quiet audience, and I know all artists appreciated the audience attention.

It’s so great to be able to support not only local artists, but also such talented local artists. There is so much music that is being written and yet going unheard, which need not be the case for such incredible individuals. Nights like these really make you appreciate how special it is to be able to experience this sort of music that is off the beaten track, and really allows you to share in the artists own story and inspirations. It was so nice to just step away from the rush of everything mainstream and appreciate the simple things we take for granted.


Our expedition finished with a sharp awakening back into the night air as we ventured down to the pier. The moon’s shadows cast over the ripping white waves and the lights glowing the docked boats was a magical way to end an already magical evening. Onto the bus we hopped; back to reality. Hidden Sounds was the sweetest night away I’ve had in a long time and I do hope Music is Love tries to do something similar again.

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