Elegantly clad in a black full length, cut-away shouldered number Cathrine Summers was accompanied by the excellent Alastair Peel on keyboards and the clever pianist Ben Matthews.
I rejoiced at the launch of another neighbourhood bar which also hosts terrific sounds as well as delicious food and an interesting wine list by the glass as well as by the bottle. Sean Martin, the pleasant and personable owner, greets us and his brother (co-opted to help for the evening) explains the name. “Bastion” as one would literally infer, a safe and hospitable resort.
Anyhow here we are in a smallish long room serviced by a longish bar and featuring comfy banquettes and high stool tables and chairs. Not too many though, this concept design is intimate. A tiny stage faces the crowd, who enthusiastically fill the space.
Here’s the problem. The capacity crowd is chatty and of course gets more so as the evening /food//drinks progress. The good news is that at this stage in its early life Bastion 901 can improve this situation. They may not wish to be a performance driven venue like the staple jazz club The Ellington, indeed Summers herself referenced the ensemble as “background music”. However with judicious advice a huge improvement of sound could be achieved.
The reliably lovely tones of Summers could then be more fully enjoyed as an integral part of the experience.
The sets ranged from Latin samba to a cabaret classic such Piaf’s Je Ne Regrette Rien, which drew a hearty round of applause, proving me wrong on the attentiveness factor.
Bastion 901 is a welcome addition to the Perth entertainment scene.
Cathrine Summers Trio
Venue: Bastion 901 | 901Canning Highway, Applecross WA
Dates: 26 August 2018