First was Transatlantic Sessions at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. It’s become an annual tradition, since it falls close to my father’s birthday and features a number of artists he likes. Not my usual genre of music, but very enjoyable nonetheless.
On Thursday night, I saw Eleanor McEvoy at the Chapel Arts Centre in Bath. It was my second time seeing Eleanor, and it was an extremely good concert. She played a range of material from her new album and back catalogue on guitar, piano and violin. She’s on tour in the UK until the middle of March - I’d definitely recommend seeing her if she’s playing nearby.
Gary Stewart’s Graceland at the Platform in Morecambe last night. He played the whole of the Graceland album along with some other Paul Simon classics. I’ve been a huge fan of Graceland since it was first released and got to see Paul Simon 3 times including in South Africa with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I enjoyed last nights tribute show just as much. His band were unbelievably good.
black midi - the last night of a 4 night residency at Village Underground in Shoreditch. One of the, if not the, most exhilarating live shows I have ever seen. An astonishing mix of Zappa/King Crimson/jazz/ punk/ post-punk/ thrash metal. I’ve said it elsewhere but I think Morgan Simpson is just the best drummer out there at moment ( you can find him on internet in conversation with Bill Bruford). Whole show has been posted on YouTube