11 May – It’s the first time the GLW and I have seen Glenn Tilbrook for some time and, as it always is, it’s a fine evening’s entertainment. With solo material and Squeeze classics it would be hard to go wrong. Strangest song of the night is Ice Cream from his new recording Happy Endings. The most interesting, from the same album, is Persephone which owes an obvious debt to Deborah by Tyrannosaurus Rex.
20 May – Last year Jason Isbell‘s album Southeastern was in numerous album of the year list so I thought I’d go to the Brudenell and see what the fuss was about. With his band, The 400 Unit, Isbell treats me to what will almost certainly be one of my top five shows of the year. The set list mixes the acoustic feel of Southeastern with the rockier approach of songs from earlier albums and his work with the Drive By Truckers. Standouts for me are Flying Over Water, Decoration Day and a great cover of Candi Staton’s Heart On A String. I’m waiting for them to come back now!
29 May – A trip to the Leadmill in Sheffield is required to see the reunion of Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott. Their voices blend together exceptionally well and their new album, What Have We Become is a cracker and highly recommended. I’d forgotten what a great singer Ms Abbott is but am happily reminded tonight as they perform classics by The Housemartins and The Beautiful South as well as their new songs. They’re touring again in the Autumn so look out for them.
Setlist: Some Dancing To Do; Old Red Eyes Is Back; Costa Del Sombre; Rotterdam (Or Anywhere); Prettiest Eyes; Moulding Of A Fool; We’re Not Deep; The Snowman; Build; When It Was Ours; Dream a Little Dream; Don’t Marry Her; When I Get Back To Blighty; Good as Gold (Stupid as Mud); D.I.Y.; Happy Hour.
Encore: I’ll Sail This Ship Alone; Me and the Farmer.
Encore 2: Loving Arms; Caravan of Love.