Thursday, 15 October 2009

Willy Mason, St Giles-in-the-Fields, 14/10/09

Despite having not graced UK shores since 2007 (when I last saw him perform at Glastonbury (, the atmosphere at Willy Mason’s performance was as if he’d never left. While he did helm the gig, he also regularly invited his friends, fellow musicians, and family to take to the stage to perform tracks; his fellow performers all sitting on stage-side pews, casually filling in the backing vocals on each other’s songs. This, coupled with Willy’s naturally sincere demeanour gave the event a campfire sing-a-along feel, which the audience was honoured to be privy to. I'm now a complete convert for gigs in churches!

For the last two songs before the encore all of his fellow musicians (and mother) joined him singing the apt 'I don't know how to say goodbye'.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Au Revoir Simone, Union Chapel, 02/10/09

The perfect finish to a brilliant Friday night lineup, it was great to see them again even though I caught them relatively recently at Indietracks. As before, they were so grateful to play in the venue, with both Heather and Annie referring to their Catholic upbringings while Erika just thought the church was so beautiful. Great performance, which has since has made me go back and revisit the bird of music, as I'd not really listened to it that much in the past.