Hoxton Sq Bar & Kitchen
What an amazing night. Ryley and band mixed with the audience beforehand and were keen to continue afterwards. What a friendly guy he is.
Support was Weather Station, a Canadian lady (playing solo guitar) who’d flown in that morning. She has the voice of an angel, with a touch of Joni Mitchell and Jerry Burns. Interesting songs without choruses. She played one song with Ryley’s band, which was especially superb. Must investigate further.
Ryley and band played a new song to start with; like many of the set it was instrumental for the first few minutes as the band established a folky modal groove (what? – Ed.) before the song proper. Nice. Primrose Green was immense, teased out to about 15 extraordinary minutes. Pete Paphides was raving about it on Twitter afterwards. Hot. Ryley played a cover or two; If I Were A Carpenter, Cocaine, a Van song as the encore, I forget the title. But the band, upright bass, studious guitarist, keyboard player with goatee who played with his eyes closed, nervous looking drummer and Ryley himself took the music to another level. They were brilliant; I couldn’t stop smiling. The guy I sold my spare to had traveled to see them in Brighton the night before; I could see why he wanted to see them again. I absolutely loved it. Fab. I bought the vinyl of Primrose Green on the way out. To cap it all, I just got the 11.33 out of Paddington and got back to Bracknell from Hoxton in under 2 hours and was in bed by 12.45. Result.
Quite a range of ages from 20s to 60s; I’m sure there were people even older than me in the audience. That tall bloke who stands in front of me at gigs was there. Ben Watt was there, and Pete Paphides (rock writer, Caitlin Moran’s other half). Didn’t see any red trousers in Hoxton, but a lot of people wore hats. There was no talking during the gig, everyone had come to see the band.
It made me think..
I really must get out more. Ryley needs to release a live double album.