Review: Marcus Bonfanti at Eric’s, Liverpool

Posted on: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Marcus Bonfanti returned to Liverpool, his spiritual home, to deliver a splendid performance of his own music to an appreciative audience at one of the city’s iconic venues, Eric’s. The singer/guitarist from London, a former student at LIPA, was backed by a superb rhythm section that boasted the considerable skills of drummer Alex Reeves and bass guitarist Scott Wiber.

Most of the songs performed on the night are featured on Marcus’s two highly acclaimed albums, Hard Times and What Good Am I To You? including the excellent “Will Not Play Your Game”, “Devil Girl”, “Give Me Your Cash” and the blistering-paced, enigmatic instrumental “Tweed Blazer”. There were also airings of a couple of numbers off Medicine Man, a recently published EP: “Honey” and “The Bittersweet”, which has been nominated for a blues song of the year award. However, the highlight of the evening was a tremendous rendition of the marvellous slow blues, “Now I’m Gone”, which brought the house down, with Marcus combining his phenomenal vocals with some brilliantly sensitive guitar playing, all beautifully underpinned by Alex Reeves and Scott Wiber.

Over the past two years, Marcus Bonfanti has emerged as one of the brightest stars on the British blues circuit. Those who were fortunate to attend the Carlisle Blues Festival in 2009 will never forget his unprogrammed solo performance when he charmed the whole concert room with his prodigious musical talent, laced with some wonderful, self-effacing humour. All of those qualities were there in abundance at Eric’s in keeping with the array of top class performers that graced the club in its first incarnation.

Special mention is also due to Dave O’Grady, who opened the proceedings with a relaxed delivery of some well-constructed original compositions and his own distinctive take on “If I Were A Carpenter” and “A Little Help From My Friends”.

Lionel Ross

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