Live Review from Communion Unplugged, Hoults Yard, Newcastle. I particularly like the review of my set, Ha Ha (In bold). Many thanks to The Journal.
“MAY is a busy month for the artist-led Communion music organisation with events in New York, San Francisco, London, Leeds, Belfast and - over two nights this past weekend - Newcastle.
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Newcastle’s venue was an old warehouse at Hoults Yard in the vibrant Ouseburn. Previous Newcastle Communion nights were also held in the Ouseburn, at the Cluny, but this was the first Communion Unplugged in the city.
There was a busy schedule each night with six acts on the bill, many of them drawn from our region so providing a showcase for local, upcoming and unsigned musicians.
On the first night I felt sorry for Ajimal who lost the battle with an audience more interested in talking than listening.
The Lake Poets opened with material that may have been considered a bit miserable for a Friday night, but they succeeded in entertaining a demanding audience.
Their sound was reminiscent of Lindisfarne with the stand out song their debut single, City By The Sea.
Lucy Rose had a lovely voice but I had problems following her songs.
Headliner Willy Mason had the audience listening to every word. He clearly has a cult following since many had come just to see him.
The second night headline act was an acoustic set from Tim Burgess and Mark Collins from The Charlatans.
Their old hits were warmly received and Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over had fans singing along. However, the acoustic Charlatans didn’t really work for me.
Overall, though, it was a great event.”
I’m chuffed to be playing another Communion gig, this time it’s a weekender festival at Hoult’s Yard, Newcastle. It’s an absolutely amazing line-up, as you can see in the poster; Willy Mason, Lucy Rose, Ajimal, Natasha Haws, Motion Tourist & Amy Holford are my picks for the day I am playing! Hopefully see you there!
Founded in Notting Hill by Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons, Communion is home to some of the best acoustic artists at the moment including BBC’s ‘Sound Of 2012’ Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Howard and Daughter, the latter two I have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with in the past. It goes without saying that this is going to be a very special gig!
Also playing are Jake Bugg, David McCaffery, The Winter Hill Transmission and Amy Holford, all fantastic performers and songwriters. Tickets are available from the Communion Records website, alternatively you could just click here.