SALISBURY Arts Centre offered a classy alternative to the sport on Saturday with the latest in its series of live free lunchtime concerts.

Saturday’s performers were Salisbury duo Paper Shades.

Paper Shades are Sarah Dollar and Jon Rixon.

Both sing and play guitars and Sarah adds varied forms of percussion to fill out their sound.

They have been performing together for three years and their vocal harmonies and interplay between the guitars shows great musical empathy.

Most of their songs are their own, but they do a few covers. Their first set finished with a wonderfully ethereal interpretation of Neil Young’s song, Old Man.

The duo are preparing to release their first EP on August 4 in London and they featured several songs from this, including the title track Where You Lay.

They finished the performance with their own song, Light of Day. Sarah abandoned her guitar for this and concentrated on percussion. With Jon’s intricate guitar patterns and tremendous dynamics and light and shade this made a stunning finale.

The Arts Centre’s Live Lunch programme is a series of concerts running from noon to 2pm on Saturday lunchtimes. Admission is free and the atmosphere is usually very relaxed which perfectly suited Paper Shades’ music.

You can see The Frenzied and The Diligent play this coming Saturday at the same time.

John Palmer