A stormy night after a grim few weeks/months and in need of some serious cheering up. Thank goodness for Meilyr Jones the man/band to do it. I’d never heard of him until stumbling across “2013” but its one of my most played albums of 2016 and this show was a great showcase for it. Starting with a stomping version of “How to Recognise a Work of Art” (great video too) – MJ and band grinning like they know what a brilliant song it is – gloriously brassy (maybe a touch of the Motors?)
“Aber Abba” someone shouted – several times in case we missed it first time. It’s not just the songs about Rome and the harpsichord keyboards that make you think Divine Comedy type chamber pop – some of the music is ethereal and atmospheric, and then you get a belter like “Strange Emotional” which nods to “Smoke on the Water”.
MJ has an engaging stage presence (invades the audience at one point)and was manning the merch table and chatting afterwards.
Support Edward Penfold looks interesting.
The Louisiana has had a refit since I last visited – new stage backdrop and ceiling. It’s » Continue Reading.