Review: Matt Andersen at Liverpool Marina – 27.06.13

Posted on: Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013

Matt Andersen at Liverpool Marina – 27.06.13

The big man from New Brunswick, Canada, blew the large crowd at Liverpool Marina away with a superb first appearance at the venue. Complementing his rich, powerful vocals with mesmerising guitar playing, he produced a tour de force that will long stay in the memory of those present.

He opened proceedings with a fast-mover that gave full vent to his singing and an early indication of what was to come on guitar. He followed that with the shuffle, “Play The Fool For You”, about a friend who has a girlfriend that nobody likes, before delivering a love song and another number, which he graced with some lovely finger-picking.

“Coalmining Blues” portrayed a sensitive tribute to miners while the frantically-paced “Come By” was accompanied by some scintillating guitar work. The wonderful first set was concluded with the bluesy ballad, “I Lost My Way” and a slow shuffle with a tasty solo that drifted amusingly in and out of the Pink Panther theme.

The lively second set opener was followed by James Taylor’s tongue-in-cheek shuffle, “Steamroller Blues”, on which Matt’s dexterity went into overdrive. The beautifully-performed rag, “Round And Round” and a brilliant version of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” both received enthusiastic audience participation on the choruses before more phenomenal guitar-based artistry was applied to a breakneck charger and a ballad respectively. The fabulous set was brought to a close with “Devil’s Bride” and the excellent “When My Angel Gets The Blues”.

The standard of bands and solo artistes selected by John and Lorraine Welsh is consistently of a very high order and Matt Andersen’s performance projected him to the very top end of that distinguished list of musicians. Several members of the audience had travelled considerable distances to attend the gig and there is absolutely no doubt that Matt will be invited back to repeat the delight.

LIONEL ROSS

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