Heathers, Those Gulls and Peas & Carrots @ Cafe Deckuf

June 29th, 2013 by  |  Published in Concerts  |  1 Comment

Ottawa had the pleasure of hosting Heathers at Café Dekcuf on Thursday night. The twin sister duo from Dublin introduced an eager crowd to a number of singles from their 2012 album, Kingdom. The indie-folk pair proved to be anything but your typical sister act.

Samantha De Benedet of Peas&Carrots was the first to open Thursday night’s show. De Benedet brought her charming quirkiness as she strummed the ukulele and joked with the crowd. Ottawa’s own alt-rock band, Those Gulls, were up next and featured newest member, Kate Schroder on vocals. Despite being exceptionally cramped for space on stage, the five-piece band managed to play an energetic set and warmed the anticipated crowd up for Heathers.

Heathers opened their set with “The Third Rail” from Kingdom. Fraternal twins, Louise and Ellie Macnamara, had a chillingly on-point harmony that left the audience in complete awe. The girls’ angelic voices filled the entire room.

The sisters are at the young age of twenty-two, yet have mastered a mature sound with their provoking lyrics and polished keys. Heathers performed a cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” that highlighted Louise’s acoustic talent and Ellie’s vocal range.

The girls closed the show with their dancey-pop single “Gather Up”. Heathers identified The Wizard of Oz as a major influence for not only “Gather Up”, but for the entire Kingdom album as well.

One can only hope Heathers don’t follow Dorothy’s mantra of “there’s no place like home,” religiously and that they will hop across the pond to share more of their music sometime soon. These young ladies are definitely worth a listen.

photos by – Scott Martin


  1. Suzanne Daigneault says:

    June 30th, 2013at 8:00 am(#)

    Nice writing style. I look forward to reading more in the future.