[30 Seconds of Happiness]
Acoustic trio Jigzag, who are based in Sydney when they aren't touring
(which isn't very often, by all accounts), are beginning to create ripples
around the country which could easily become Waif size waves in the not
too distant future. Like The Waifs, they first caught this reviewer's eyes
and ears at the last Woodford Festival, where they were one of the stand-out
acts. The good impression was more than confirmed during a recent tour in
Queensland's Far North.
An act honed during countless hours busking at Sydney's Central Station,
Jigzag are perhaps best judged in a live context, where their sheer
vivacity, musicality and inherent ability to entertain truly shines. 30
Seconds of Happiness, never the less, is an accurate representation of their
current sets. The album features the group's cleverly conceived and arranged
folk and jazz coloured pop songs interspersed with similarly well thought
out medleys of Celtic tunes, some old favourites; others composed by
Jigzag's fiddle whiz, Caroline Trengove. Their swing approach to jigs and
reels brings to mind Scotland's The Easy Club.
Guitarist Greg Bryce and double bassist Liz Frencham have similar mastery of
their instruments. Together, the three members create perfect 3 part
harmony, making Jigzag a very well matched trio. Vocally, Bryce shines on
the co-penned title track and on his own song, These Feelings. Frencham's
lovely voice can be heard in all its glory on her outstanding songs, Man of
Wood (a sensuous eulogy to her double bass) and the poetic Breathe.
"top ten live gigs of 2002"
Rhythms magazine, December 02
(This review originally appeared in the November edition of Barfly Newspaper, Far North Queensland)