With their virtuoso blend of musicianship and strong vocal harmonies, the sibling duo the Carrivick Sisters turned the grandeur of Lichfield’s Guildhall into a Bluegrass club. Twins Laura (dobro, violin and guitar) and Charlotte (banjo, guitar and mandolin) played a selection of music from their five album career, with the lion’s share of it coming from their most recent release Over the Edge. Acclaimed by a number of famous musicians and the music press, the sisters are still only in their early twenties, and yet much of their music had a sound that sounded both modern and traditional. Their sound ranged from plaintive, country and western to dazzling instrumentals that showed of their dexterity. Their vocal blend had something of the Everly Brothers with the emotional ache of Emmylou Harris, whilst their versions of songs by James Taylor, Gillian Welch, and a number of traditional sources took their bare structure and added new flesh to the old bones. Most of their music is self-penned and looked at subjects from love and friendship, to war and about songs that escape before they are written down. The first set included the clever instrumental Making Horses with its changes in time signature, while Over the Edge was a political song protesting against change. Two songs by Gillian Welch were haunting treatments, the highlight of which was Annabel, before Laura showed her prowess on Dobro during Song of the Night. The traditional Pretty Fair Damsel was a fine fit for the duo’s vocal skills and set closer was the twisted love song Dear Someone. The second half was started with a fine, Dobro-enhanced Darling Corey, while the jokey song If You Asked Me looked at the unreasonable requests that exist within many love songs. Lady Howard was another reading that was full of brooding atmospherics and murderous intent, before some light relief was provided by James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James. Wargames was a mature reflection on war and how boys play with guns, and the old time song Lazy Joe was a fine showcase for the mandolin talents of Charlotte. This was a fine concert, delivered by two talented musicians who have already given much, and have much more to give.