Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Concert Review: Andy Fairweather Low (2009)

Forget Strictly Come Dancing on the box, Saturday night was strictly good music at Newport Riverfront when former Amen Corner front man Andy Fairweather Low and his band The Low Riders rode into town.

Opening with his early 70s classic Natural Sinner, Andy performed a wide variety of musical styles including Jazz, Blues, Gospel and pop. Amongst his tributes to heroes such as Les Paul and Elvis Presley were classic renditions of Just Because, Mystery Train and Travelin' Light.

He also showcased many of his own compositions made famous by artists such as Joe Cocker and Richie Havens including a track which took Havens over 3 decades to cover, Standing on the Water.

The Low Riders themselves Paul Beavis on drums, Dave Bronze on Bass and Nick Pentelow on Saxophone formed a very tight backing, enabling Andy to perform many classics in the style they are accustomed to be heard. Particular stand out tracks were rousing instrumentals of Peter Gunn and Lightnin’ Blues.

The best though, was still to come, as the band revisited four Amen Corner Classics Gin House Blues, If Paradise Is Half As Nice, Hello Suzie and Bend Me Shape Me as well as Andy’s Solo hit Wide Eyed and Legless.

Anyone who may have doubted they had been listening to Andy Fairweather Low for nearly two hours had their minds put at rest when he performed these tracks with the same impeccable vocal style he delivered when they topped the charts four decades ago.

Closing on a rendition of When You’re Smiling, Andy left the audience still wanting more, showing that you can’t keep a good musician down!

TRACKS PERFORMED INCLUDED: Natural Sinner / Travelin' Light / Just Because / Mystery Train / Matchbox / My Baby Left Me / When Things Go Wrong / Zazzy / Lightnin Boogie / Peter Gunn / Hello Susie / Gin House Blues / Booga Looga / If Paradise Is Half As Nice / Bend Me, Shape Me, Wide Eyed and Legless / When You're Smiling

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