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'.

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