LIVE REVIEW: Barry Adamson @ Think Tank, Newcastle (01.06.24) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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I just googled the word intimate.., this gig came up.”

I don’t know who’s doing the promotion for Think Tank these days (or NOT doing it) but to have an artist of Barry Adamson’s stature playing to about 30 people and most people I know surprised to find out it had even happened is a disgrace. Still, Adamson is an old pro and sardonically announced it was because he was clashing with Girls Aloud down the road.

Adamson was looking good and dressed to impress, and his rich and bassy voice was in good shape. He came out swinging with a country gospel-tinged number and we got a lot of the recent Cut To Black album, possibly his most soulful yet. He was backed by a bassist and a drummer who seemed to be having the time of her life, especially on the jazzier material, but did need to rely on backing tapes for things like the brass section – it’s always disappointing but touring at this level isn’t paying for that kind of extravagance – and his ‘organ’ was an iPad. We got sleazy Tom Waits jazz, we got some gritty funk, we got some proper soul stomps and we got a set that was a lot of fun. But would have been even more fun with a big crowd and a vibrant atmosphere. Adamson deserved much better.


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