Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Gigs Of The Year 2011....



Mostly due to work I have not managed to get along to as many gigs this year as I would like to have. In fact I have probably been to less live concerts this year than any other in the last 20 years.

There are two however that stand head and shoulders above all the rest - one from an artist that I have seen many times and have never left the venue anything other than blown away by him and still not understanding why after over 30 years in "the biz" that so many do not even know the sheer majesty of The Boy Wonder. See the review from mid October here .

The other was just last week when I went along to The Arches to see Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat. They were accompanied onstage by violin, double bass and some exquisite trumpet playing by Robert Henderson, all of which rightfully allowed the lyrics and piano to retain centre stage throughout. Most of the set comprised the tracks from one of 2011's finest long players, Everything's Getting Older, including a spellbinding performance of The Copper Top. Thrown into the mix was a strangely moving cover of Bananarama's Cruel Summer and a lovely Christmas ditty that he wrote for his kids loosely based on The Night Before Christmas that had some great laugh out loud moments involving an alcoholic Santa and some bondage which can be found here .

Moffat somehow manages to distil seemingly small moments in life into startling real, and touching lyrics that, on Everything's Getting Older, are amongst the best he has ever written. This was an excellent show that was equal parts beauty, misery and humour. In fact just perfect for Christmas.


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