..and they make a wonderful sound. By the time you read this, Gretchen and her performers have played their Bristol and London gigs for the current tour, which is advertised as having “strings attached”.
We were there on Friday night, at a hushed St. Georges – obviously rammed with long term fans – where we heard a blinding set of songs; it was yet another treat of an evening.
Her band played a blinder, not swamping the songs but supporting them, and the strings really worked their extra magic. Gretchen announced early on that they were recording the show, so I can only hope that we will be treated with another live album as a result of the ‘strings attached’ experiment, and that one or two of the tracks will have come from Friday’s performance. Certainly, when she started ‘On a Bus to St. Cloud’ the place went silent and you could have heard a very small pin drop for the duration of the song, such was the calm of the moment, as 500 plus people allowed themselves to just go with the flow and the feeling of a very special and human piece of observational songwriting. Earlier on we’d enjoyed a similar unalloyed quiet for “Five Minutes”, and again I would love to be able to hear those moments once more.
This tour is very much a retrospective, covering material right from the start of her career and including a couple of numbers from the latest album. A complete delight – there are a couple of UK dates left if you hurry; you won’t regret it.
I’ve put the set list for this current tour in the comments – if this isn’t a cracker for Gretchen fans, I don’t know what is. Go if you can!