The RNCM main concert hall provided a suitably majestic setting for what was to be an evening of wonderful music, the stage arranged on the hexagon floor had the backdrop of the rather impressive Hradetsky Concert Organ and the theatre layout would ensure a great sound.
Todd Dorigo kicked the night off, the Manchester based singer-songwriter, whose self penned music is reminiscent of solo Elvis Costello with powerful tuneful vocals and clean guitar sound.
It’s a pity the room was only half full as he has a very good sound and range of material and shouldn’t really have been missed. Check out his website for upcoming events and indeed he will be supporting at the London shows later in the week.
Karl Wallinger’s World Party formed back in 1986 and over the years released six albums, from these came a number of memorable singles. ‘Ship of Fools’, ‘She’s The One’ and ‘Is It Like A Day’ to name a few. This current tour is on the back of the release of ‘Arkeology’ last year and Karl is joined on this acoustic tour by David Duffy (Violin, Mandolin) and John Turnbull (Guitar).
There is an air of excitement and anticipation as Karl, John and David take the stage to a welcoming applause, a lot of people here would have waited 10+ years to see this as World Party have only toured the UK for a couple of dates in 2012 since stopping early 2001 due to health reasons.
Right from the off the interplay between the band in both the music and banter shows how much enjoyment they are having and this ultimately this comes over in the music and atmosphere of the evening.
Indeed by end of ‘Is It Like Today’ people are already standing up to applaud as the song sounds as new and fresh as it did back in ’93. The set tonight takes us through the entire repertoire from the hits like ‘Put The Message In The Box’ and the uptempo ‘Vanity Fair’ to the emotive ‘She’s The One’ and all the time they are throwing in 2 and 3 part harmonies and interplay between Guitar/Violin and Keyboard/Violin.
As the set comes to an end with ‘It’s All Too Late’ there is a full standing ovation and the applause and cheers ring out. There was no way they could have ended after that so out came the encore, even now the comedy was still evident as Karl professed to forget the words to ‘Way Down’.
It was clearly evident from tonight’s performance that we were watching something special by artists that were enjoying playing together and wanted to entertain. After the show I had the pleasure to meet Karl just long enough to thank him for the night and get an autograph, if I could go again I would do so without hesitation.
Setlist. (may not be the correct running order)
Waiting such a long time/Put the message in the box/Is it like today/When the rainbow comes/She’s the one/Love street/God on my side/Call me up/Sunshine/Vanity fair/Sweet soul dream/Everbodys falling in love/Who are you/Ship of fools/It’s all too late Encore: Way down/Thank you world
Review and photos by Simon Dunkerley
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