LIVE REVIEW: Gill Landry, Heather Storey @ Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough (08.04.16) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Opening tonight’s proceedings Heather Storey performs to a local audience supportive of fine song writing and local talent. Falling into her own genre of singer songwriter, a confident Storey starts the evening’s event lyrically strong. This is her take on Northern life; how, and on occasion, how not to live it.

Touring solo for the first time in five years Nashville resident Gill Landry finds himself playing to a warm and welcoming Westgarth audience. After six weeks on the road through Europe, Teesside must feel a long way away from home. Tonight though, as he grimaces describing the temperatures outside as “that damp kind of cold” he, together with a captive crowd make the map feel a lot smaller.

With a voice sounding wiser than its years, Landry brings his own version of the classic American murder ballad. His soft southern drawl, sharp wit and skill for telling a story have the audience captivated from the start, keeping it going to the end, broken string and all.

Years spent travelling the States have given Landry the subject matter to help put pen to paper. Eccentric hippies, ex-lovers and the Devil giving colour to his all-American country and bluegrass landscape.

Credit to The Kids Are Solid Gold – they’ve done it again, and as Landry thanks promoter Andy for bringing him to Southfield Road, the sense of feelings mutual with the crowd is understated yet emphatic. A great show performed and put together by great people.

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