As part of a very select set of UK dates, Stone Foundation return to the Globe in Cardiff with very special guest Nolan Porter. The temperature outside was hitting 28 C and inside it was even hotter as the band conjured up their stirring brand of Soul.
The first half of the show belongs to Stone Foundation. Having recently released their latest album - To Find The Spirit - http://macwoodfleet.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/albums-of-2014-stone-foundation-to-find.html - it is a chance to hear the majority of the album live for the first time.
They start the set with the the new album title track To Find The Spirit and the heat rises another few degrees. Augmented by a new percussion player the band are on fine form tonight and the sound fills the Globe to great effect.
The band play most of the new album with highlights for me being Hold On and the brilliantly extended Don't Let The Rain.
They slow the pace with the lovely When You're In My World - one of the highlights of To Find The Spirit.
The crowd are up and dancing and with songs like Stonger Than Us the place is now bouncing.
We then have a 15 minute break before the second half of the show featuring the vocal delights of Nolan Porter.
Nolan has a long history with the band and has appeared on previous recordings.
The band make the most of the voice of Nolan as they run through some soul classics like Gimme Little Time. Tracks are taken from Nolan's two 70s albums and the crowd are right into the groove by now as the silky voice of Nolan casts its spell.
The band played some of Nolan's best known songs such as Fe Fi Fo Fum & Crazy Love and the excellent If I Could Only Be Sure
With Nolan's charm and sincerity he soon had the audience in the palm of his hand. He seemed genuinely excited to be playing in Cardiff tonight and thanked the audience and the band several times for helping to keep his music alive. Keep it alive? Nolan, it never went away.
The show concludes with an encore of the Rolling Stones classic Jumpin' Jack Flash to end a spectacular night of music.
This band should be huge - with excellent albums and stunning live shows if you haven't experienced Stone Foundation yet - then you're missing something special and quite rare in these times - SOUL :)
There is talk of Nolan and the band working on some new material. With any luck this will happen soon.
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