“By the end of the first number, Tamara is sounding strong and confident...”
"...everytime I see Tamara perform I admire her more and more both lyrically and musically. She is more dangerous than first meets the eye."
“Tamara Parsons-Baker is steadily becoming one of Oxford's finest singer-songwriters, though you probably had no idea. Her dark, dramatic songs are shrewdly conceived, perfectly executed, and ready to make their mark.”
“...This level of discernment is suggested in the evocative poem-song by Tamara Parsons-Baker in the An ex lover and a sperm whale video posting by Henry Stead. Consisting of two pieces, the song performed by Tamara and a poem by Simon Armitage, the posting captures the buzz, rapid drinking, and excitement of a student poetry night, what some in the arts sector would term ‘live literature’. ‘It’s like an old fashioned poetry reading’ guest poet Simon Armitage quips. Certainly it’s compelling and shows poetry in its best live element.”
“The evening finished with a performance from local Oxford band Huck and the Handsome Fee, which continued the theme of incorporating poetry and performance. Many of the numbers in Fee’s repertoire began as written works. Reworking these pieces into songs allows richer and more immediate access to their emotional depth and enlivens the interpersonal drama of their narratives. This is particularly true in virtue of the Fee’s co-vocalists, Humphrey Astley and Tamara Parsons-Baker. Between Astley’s tortured, thespianic vocalisations and Parsons-Baker’s impassioned and gracefully sombre style, these two expertly share the often weighty burden of their material’s characters and themes.”
“Tamara Parsons-Baker’s voice is sweet and crisp and attention grabbing without being imposing...“To Possess” is sparse, dessicated and surprisingly hypnotic - there’s not much to it, but it seems to fit together with a cold logic, like a Japanese garden in the dead of winter. The epic “It’s What We Do”, at nearly eight minutes long, is even more fascinating in its starkness and simplicity, just a spare bass and some guitars which either chime gothically or strum with the heartless efficiency of the executioner’s axe. The vocal is deadeyed and hollow even as it’s lush and folky, Parsons-Baker managing somehow to sound like a mixture of Nico and Eddi Reader..”
“I suppose it’s unhealthy prejudice, but forgive us for thinking that Tamara Parsons-Baker was going to be chortling jodhpurred lass singing nasal, plummy songs about palomino geldings. Imagine our surprise in being confronted with a beautifully clear voice that trickles through the air like a limpid stream above some subtle guitar. The first name that springs to mind is Laima Bite, even though some of the wispy Global Traveller lyrics remind us more of Jessica Goyder. There’s a slight danger of the featherlight tunes getting lost in the breeze, but this is still a great little start to the Second Stage’s day.”