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Boo Hewerdine & Band – Tron Theatre – Sun 21st Jan Review

Boo Hewerdine & Band Tron Theatre Sunday 21 January 2018

Magical things happen at Celtic Connections; that guy from The Bible turned up at an old church in Glasgow! “The Bible” being Boo’s first major band, of course.
Always keen to be recognised as a writer (his ‘best of’ was called “Name In The Brackets”), it has to be said that he’s also an engaging live performer. This show drew heavily on his most recent album “Swimming In Mercury” with just one or two older songs to keep the fans happy. And it has to be said that this made for a great live set – the album is totally, instantly accessible and the live settings were just about perfect. Patience Of Angels got an early outing but the audience (subdued throughout) were very reluctant to join in with the chorus when asked.

His touring band were tight and sympathetic with a special mention to Gustaf Ljunggren on acoustic piano, lap steel guitar, clarinet and a tiny (toy-sized) keyboard that pumped out classic Hammond sounds. The band were more than a match for the various styles of music that Boo called upon – light jazz, African High-Life, and even early Bee Gees on “I Started A Joke”.

By the end, the somewhat sleepy audience came alive and showed huge appreciation at the end, bring the man and his band back out for a couple more songs to see us home and happy. (Boo played only one song from his Bible days – he encored with Graceland).

His touring band were tight and sympathetic with a special mention to Gustaf Ljunggren on acoustic piano, lap steel guitar, clarinet and a tiny (toy-sized) keyboard that pumped out classic Hammond sounds. The band were more than a match for the various styles of music that Boo called upon – light jazz, African High-Life, and even early Bee Gees on “I Started A Joke”.

By the end, the somewhat sleepy audience came alive and showed huge appreciation at the end, bring the man and his band back out for a couple more songs to see us home and happy. (Boo played only one song from his Bible days – he encored with Graceland).

Gavin Paterson



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