I have waited a long time to see John Prine live. The gig at the Palladium was well worth that wait and was perfect in almost every way. Firstly we were treated to a warm opening set from Amanda Shires. Strangely she didn’t use her fiddle for any of her songs. Highlights were the autobiographical Mineral Wells and a lovely cover of Leonard Cohen’s I’m your man. After a short intermission on came John Prince and his 4 piece band and the launched into a jaunty opening salvo of Love Love Love, The glory of love, Monday morning and taking a walk. This was the warming up period quipped John but for the audience it was clear they didn’t need a warm up period as they were red hot. The sound was crystal clear and full marks to the sound engineer. Highlights for me were a very poignant Hello in there, a wonderful Speed of the sound of loneliness and of course Sam Stone. Amanda returned to the stage for a few numbers starting with the duet In Spite of Ourselves. This time she bought the fiddle with her and it soared – especially on a storming, extended Lake Marie which climaxed with John boogying on down and getting a rapturous standing ovation from a brilliant audience that included Bill Nighy. For the encore he was joined by his wife Fiona and it was a lovely end to a special night. He is a true great – of that there is no doubt.
Very very good. A complete twat free zone.
It made me think..
A night of great music preceded by a lovely meal with Carl from this parish and his wife Angela. Nights like this are greatly treasured.