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Jan 31

Review: Nathaniel Rateliff, Tron Theatre, Sunday 25 January 2015

Nathaniel Rateliff doesn’t like to take himself too seriously and the audience lapped it up big style. Returning from last year’s Celtic Connections gig, on the same date, Burns Night, he had obviously made his mark.

Accompanied by accomplished musicians on drums, electric bass and keyboards used to very fine effect, his versatile voice sailed through The Tron Theatre and rattled the rafters. One minute he was rocky, the next slow and soulful. His lazy Colorado drawl ranging from baritone to almost falsetto at times, coupled with a humour and often colourful language illustrated how much he was enjoying himself on stage. This was particularly evident when the band left and he asked for requests to be played on solo guitar. The biggest of these was ‘Brakeman’ which he admitted to not performing for a while and, although he kept getting the chords wrong, he worked it out and got there. Oh, the joy of live music!

Opening was Louis baker from Wellington, New Zealand who performed a 40 minute set including ‘You Put Me back On My Feet’ which got him in the top five on a New Zealand singer songwriter competition.

Bill Morris

Presenter @ Celtic Music Radio