Submitted by Vulpes Vulpes on 27 September 2013 - 9:39am
The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol
September 26th 2013
Demonstrating extravagant gifts for piano, guitar and harmonica playing, with a self-deprecating charm between numbers, and a voice that it would be criminal not to record, John Fullbright ruled the room last night, delighting a fairly full crowd in this interesting little venue. We heard a selection from his brilliant album, and others besides. The well is very deep here. The songs? Oh, the songs are dense and literate, beautifully delivered and rich with astonishing and often dark imagery. This man is a unique talent, but if comparisons help, I thought of Elton John and Randy Newman, Tom Waits and Rufus Wainwright. We visited the southern states, and wild places at the edge of things, but Weimar Germany also put in an astonishing appearance, with Sally Bowles watching from the wings. This man is touched with greatness, and I urge you to go and seen him play should you get the chance.
Full, not overcrowded, with space to stand at the back in this odd little tunnel venue that inevitably recalls images of The Cavern. Some chatting, but sufficient respect to become silent after the first few songs. Teens to boomers.
Food & drink:
Decent little bar in the tunnel parallel to the auditorium tunnel. Bath Ales Gem and a couple of others at pub prices. A pint of beer and a pint of lime & soda for £4.70. No grub in house, only snacks.
It made me think:
The support from Amy Speace was so well judged; great rapport with the audience, a fabulous clear voice and lovely story songs. John's low key duet with Amy during her set really helped to make the gig feel like a friendly affair. A belter of a gig.