LIVE REVIEW: Ben Ottewell, Jonny Godwin @ The Georgian Theatre, Stockton (12.12.18) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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It was a very cold December night that saw Ben Ottewell of Gomez fame take to the stage at Stockton’s Georgian Theatre with his set of Americana blues material. A small but friendly seated crowd were treated to the heart-breaking songs of Jonny Godwin to start the night off, his distinctive vocals captivating the audience straight away, and his song Lighthouse was the absolute stand out track for me.  

Headliner Ben cut an imposing figure as he silently took to the stage, after his first song he informed the audience that the instrument he was playing was in fact a guitarlele – a miniature guitar – and that he wasn’t actually a giant!  Ben’s humour, confidence and stories drew the audience in and you could hear a pin drop through most of his songs.  Stand out songs in the set were Chicago, the beautiful and hypnotic Blackbird and, of course, the Gomez songs that Ben happily played, even taking a request from some very vocal Gomez fans and performing a goosebump-inducing version of Rhythm And Blues Alibi. 

His set ended with Gomez classic Tijuana Lady, which saw Ben step away from the mic and belt out the last chorus from the back of the stage.  Ben’s gravely, blues voice and lush guitar felt like a gorgeous, comforting warm blanket on this dark winter’s night. 


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