Thursday, 8 May 2014

Live in 2014: Boo Hewerdine - The Chattery, Swansea, Wednesday 7th May 2014

It was another great night at my favourite Swansea venue when Boo Hewerdine came to town.

Boo is regarded as a musician's musician and a songwriter's songwriter - if that makes sense.

Highly regarded in the industry, Boo has written songs for many of the top names in the music business (more of that later) and has been in the music industry since 1983 when he joined his first signed band The Great Divide. Although he formed his own band in 1985. And called them The Bible. After 2 albums and 5 years Boo began is solo journey.

Throughout tonight's show, Boo told stories of various well known musicians who he has worked and come into contact with. He is an engaging narrator and some of his stories are very funny indeed.

 The show began with the title track from his forthcoming album - My Name In The Brackets and then he played Last Cigarette accompanied by a very good story about KD Lang - for whom he wrote the song.

I won't say too much about the stories that Boo told as it will spoil the show for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

Another new song that got an airing tonight was Boo's new single - Amazing Robot

Here is the video for the new single courtesy of  Folk Radio Uk

Next up was Boo's most famous song which was recorded by his long time collaborator Eddi Reader, and one of Mrs Fleet's favourite songs,  the ever lovely The Patience Of Angels.

Boo played several songs from his forthcoming album which were all very good indeed - so forgive me if I've got the name of the songs incorrect.

The next one up was a new song - Snowglobe

Followed by he Bible's Honey Be Good.

It's amazing how Boo manages to keep up the quality of the songwriting, as every track he plays tonight is an absolute killer.

Part One of the evening concluded with the gorgeous, The Girl who Fell In Love With The Moon, which he dedicated to his friend an co-writer Jacob Eriksen who passed away very recently. The song has been covered by many artists but I still love Boo's original.

Part Two kicks off with a new song called maybe - We Never Get To Shine and is followed by another favourite  Dragonfly.

A new song Boo debuted tonight was My Secret Life which he has written for a band he is currently producing called Dark Green Trees.

A beautiful version of Slow Learner got some extra special applause from the appreciative & knowledgeable audience, many of whom had seen Boo on several occasions.

To close the show and with encouragement from the audience, Boo plucked out two old favourites, The Harvest Gypsies and 16 Miles.

The final song was a cover of the Bee Gees, I Started A Joke which was a lovely surprise.

Although he never played my favourite Bible track - the timeless Graceland. Here is Boo in the 80s.

I don't want to give too much away and spoil the surprises in the show but suffice to say that the audience showed it's appreciation and Boo seemed genuinely moved by tonight's response in a Sold Out Chattery.

Twitter - @boohewerdine

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