Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Live In 2015: The Songwriters Circle with Danny George Wilson, Peter Bruntnell & Neil Halstead at The Chattery, Swansea on Saturday 7th October 205

They must be getting used to this by now. Danny George Wilson, Neil Halstead & Peter Bruntnell have headed out together on tour again as a Songwriter's Circle. And it's just over a year since they last graced The Chattery in Swansea. The perfect venue for a Songwriter's Circle gig. It was a success in 2014, and it's even better this year.

The Chattery proves once again that it is the best little venue in Wales. With many of the audience regulars, who turn out for most of the gigs, enjoying another stunning performance from the three seasoned songwriters on the second night of a short UK tour.

The format remains the same, which each songwriter performing a song in turn, with selective accompaniment from his comrades.
The blend is perfect, with the upbeat Danny, the dry-witted Peter and the gentle Neil dovetailing their songs to provide a beautiful evening of tunesmithery and wordplay.

All three artists selected songs from throughout their careers.
Danny kicked off with The Truest Kind from the first Danny & The Champions of the World album. Peter's first song was You Won't Find Me from his 2002 album, Normal For Bridgwater. And Neil opened his account with Tied To You from his last album, 2012's beautiful, Palindrome Hunches.

With so much music to choose from, it must have been a daunting task to know what tracks to play but the night just flew by even though the show was split into two halves.

The boys have played together quite a few times now and the banter between them seems genuine and self-effacing.

Hot on the heels on a couple of superb albums, Stay True & Live Champs and a sellout tour,  Danny played some wonderful songs including (Never Stop Building) That Old Space Rocket, Every Beat Of My Heart and the crowd Hum-Along favourite, Henry The Van. He even threw in a new song from the new Danny & The Champs album due out in May, a track called Clear Water, which got a huge cheer from the audience.

Peter, tonight bravely suffering from the aftermath of a cold, put in a sterling performance which included tracks Jurassic Parking Lot, False Start, Black Mountain UFO and the superb By The Time My Head Gets To Phoenix.

Neil chose tracks such as Full Moon Rising, Who Do You Love, Hey Daydreamer & his previous band Mojave 3's Between The Bars.

They finished the show with a lovely version of the John Prine song, Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness. A perfect way to end a perfect evening of quality music.

Three songwriters, obviously loving each other's company, giving a superb night's entertainment. Who can really ask for more? Well, me actually. How about an album together in the future, guys?





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