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Jan 28

Teddy Thompson and Holly Macve


Glasgow Royal Concert Hall        Wednesday 27 th January 2016

Teddy Thompson had new ears this evening at our wonderful Concert Hall. They were mine, and, by jove, was I in a minority! This man has honed his craft in audience rapport and excellent singing with a neat guitar style.

He appeared on stage for his one and a half hour show with just his guitar and a ‘wee dram’. From the very first note I realised I was going to see this man again. He read the audience with sheer professionalism often so rare nowadays. His voice is a superb tenor, sometimes floating into near falsetto. His music, mostly self penned, is steeped in early 50’s and 60’s country and blues with a liberal touch of the pop music of the time, music which never dies.

During his set, tracks from his new album due for release on 1 st of April (‘No joke’ says he) which consists of duets with American artist Kelly Jones, were performed with the lady herself, who had been exploring this fine city of Glasgow during the day on her first visit to Scotland. As we say here, ‘Haste ye back lass’. One of their numbers together (OK, didn’t get the titt2le) was so reminiscent of the Everly Brothers in sound and feel.

After their duets Teddy sang more of, mainly his own, songs, a notable exception being a fantastic, paired and slowed down, version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘ Tonight Will Be Fine’.

After a brief standing ovation, he quickly returned to stage (so many artist keep you waiting far too long) for three more numbers, one notably being a superb song Delilah (not the Tom Jones one) then a number ‘It’s Family’ which paid homage to his parents, folk legends Richard and Linda. With one last song, the rocky ‘In My Arms’ with Kelly Jones to finish.

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Opening was the first time in Glasgow was a young Yorkshire lass, Holly Macve. She is another fine example of how some of the biggest voices come from some of the smallest of frames. This voice is seriously versatile varying through a gamut of ranges. While accompanying herself on guitar and piano with an occasional guitar accompaniment, performances of songs such as ‘Sycamore Tree’ about her childhood she had your reviewer rapt in attention, while her Heartbreak Blues could have come from Hank Williams himself. You members of the audience who did that annoying Glasgow thing of not turning up for the opening slot missed something mesmerising!

 

Bill Morris