Ordinary Elephant Live

Read our review of folk duo Ordinary Elephant’s first Australian show

Ordinary Elephant Photo: LTTL

Ordinary Elephant

Caravan Music Club

Melbourne, Australia

10 April 2019

Words: Rob Dickens Images: Jim Jacob

Tight. In unison.

This couple epitomizes these attributes, both in life (they share their RV with four dogs) and on stage (close harmonies and taut arrangements combining into a singular melodic vision).

Ordinary Elephant are husband/wife Pete and Crystal Hariu Damore and tonight they embarked on the initial leg of their first tour of Australia which takes in three weeks and four States/Territories.

I was drawn to their talents at Folk Alliance International last year where they picked up the prestigious award for Artist Of The Year. Since then, they have continued their busy schedule on the road and will, on May 3 this year, release a new album Honest.

The new collection, recorded last December and mastered this January, features the guitar prowess of Will Kimbrough to add to its gravitas. You can read more about this collection HERE.

Crystal Damore Photo: LTTL

Honest is available at their shows as a early treat and its contents of eleven tracks featured heavily in the set list. From the biting “Scars We Keep” (the first single), to the dreadful dilemma of a parent explaining horrific events to a child in “If I Am Being Honest” and the chill of “The War”. The new material that will soon be widely available is seriously engaging and thought provoking. Not all doom and gloom though with plenty of hope and forward thinking in the intricate lyrics.

Other songs featured were off the duo’s earlier release Before I Go (2017) with the gorgeous “Best Of You”, “Railroad Man” (an homage to Crystal’s father) and “Thank You” which celebrates the blackest skies and brightest stars. A loving version of Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You” filled out the delightful set.

Pete Damore – Photo: LTTL

Ordinary Elephant showcase folk music at its best. Commentary of social issues, a focus on the importance of family and seeking out the highest human aspirations, delivered with tender care and precision – never over-playing or needing to throw in tricks.

Tight. In unison.

I really recommend you go see them if you get the chance. The next gig is sold out.

Great support act Dan Parsons (with Tracy McNeil) showcasing his very-well-received release Sunday Morning Cinema.


Read our review of folk duo Ordinary Elephant’s first Australian show

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  1. Heard them in a house concert sponcered by Crystal’s aunt here in Louisiana,USA. It was a wonderful experience and they are awesome.

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    • Hi Judy. So glad you like them. Their show this week featured all the songs from their new release ‘Honest’ out May 3 – some wonderful songs there. I’ve been to Lafayette LA a couple of times (passing through) – nice place with great music! Rob

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