The fourth installment of The MAC's Tom Ravenscroft-curated season saw the most unlikely of line-up combinations – typical of Ravenscroft's BBC 6 Music show and of his father, the late John Peel.
Songs For Walter, aka Laurie Hulme, proved a fine choice for opening act, as he spun rustic folk tales informed by the likes of Bill Callahan and Neutral Milk Hotel.
In the pitch-black of The MAC's largest theatre, the four gloom-merchants of Girls Names looked and sounded right at home, giving an immersive performance.
Unfortunately, when Ghostpoet arrived on stage, his curiously hookless hip-hop tunes failed to take flight. There was a flicker of energy when he dropped Lines, followed by Cash And Carry Me Home, but even the encore reverted to sleepy type. Here we have a hip-hop act that is a little bit jazz, indie and pop, but not enough of anything to make much of a lasting impression.