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Two View Gallery, Liverpool 29 October 2011
started early in Liverpool on a somewhat drizzly October night and the
scantily clad female zombies contrasted with the rather more civil
surroundings of the Two View Gallery within earshot of The Cavern.
promoter Andy Houghton had enticed James Grant south of the border and
for me it was a chance to relive my previous encounter at a similarly
intimate gathering in Staffordshire four years ago.
it from a series of successful gigs with the reformed (and rejuvenated)
Love And Money, James is on a bit of a roll at the moment and seemingly
enjoying the contrast between his solo fare and the more energised band
performances. It really is the best of both worlds.
audiences can lap up Love And Money when they tour again next year (on
the back of a new album) they can also luxuriate in the frontman's solo
output. He is arguably one of the finest singer songwriters to come out
of the UK in the past 25 years. For those that say “James who?” shame on
'My Thrawn Glory', we heard a fair smattering of classic L&M (including
half of 'Dogs In The Traffic') mingled with superb songs like
'Jacqueline's Shoes' and 'My Father's Coat' from his solo albums. He could even indulge
the hardcore fan with the likes of 'History' and 'State Of Art', the
latter from pre-L& M band 'Friends Again'.
melancholy and serious nature of his songs was lightened by his
between-song banter whilst the unamplified 'Looking For Angeline'
demonstrated the superbly resonant qualities of his vocal delivery.
he generously invited audience requests for the encore and this produced
an admirable if truncated version of the more obscure 'Who In Their Right Mind' (from the
'Wishing Waters' EP), as he'd forgotten some of the words.
was a marvellous opportunity to witness a wonderful performer up close
and personal. All credit to Andy for having the faith and to James Grant
for spoiling us with the low-key gigs. But - if there's any justice -
that could all change within the next twelve months.
Love And Money gig review
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