Top 10 Gigs of 2012
1 - Terri Clark Glee Club Birmingham
To see an ‘A’ list country singer in an intimate setting was a fantastic experience. The announcement to tour was a surprise but Terri lit up the Glee Club with her songs, stories and personality. An evening to be treasured and worthy of top spot for this year.
Eve has toured many times but the combination of a full band, finest album to date and a growing turnout made this a memorable evening. The sound was excellent with Eve’s vibrancy and vocals filling the venue. Excellent support too in Berkely Hart.
3 – My Darling Clementine Hare and Hounds Birmingham
The album, HOW DO YOU PLEAD grew on me in the second half of the year and the live performance of it by Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish was definitely one of 2012’s highlights. The show was well put together with an excellent band and of course the most wonderful retro duet performance.
The church acoustics and the harmonies of this fantastic Canadian trio were well and truly suited during this show on their UK tour. Always eager to get off mic they effortlessly gave a superb performance especially in their interpretation of ‘Hallelujah’.
5 – The Civil Wars HMV Institute Birmingham
Harmonies were definitely the theme of the year and the performance by John Paul White and Joy Williams with just a single acoustic guitar was mesmerising. They demonstrated all the hype surrounding the album was real. May not be repeated though.
There is something special about siblings and country music. The Rogers sisters had that impressive chemistry of timing and harmonies to deliver a brand of music that can take traditional music forward. The capacity audience eagerly await their return in 2013 with new material.
7 – Rachel Harrington and the Knockouts Courtyard Arts Centre HerefordLong time UK visitor Rachel came over in 2012 with a new band, new album and a new sound. This interpretation of all-female honky tonk music was a breath of fresh air on the Americana scene. Rejuvenated some older material as well.
Gretchen spent the whole of 2012 on a crest of a wave with her career defining album HELLO CRUEL WORLD. Her shows were well attended and the systematic approach to airing the entire record ensured maximum exposure for this fine release.
9 – Los Pacaminos Robin 2 BilstonThere is a tendency to view this part time collaboration as light hearted but when they put their minds to it they can almost create the perfect live music experience. The Robin 2 show this year was by far their best to date.
10 – Jason and the Scorchers The Musician Leicester
Influential country rocker Jason Ringenberg brought his 30th anniversary tour to the UK this year and demonstrated to a lively audience what an outstanding inspiration he has been. It was loud and raucous but extremely roots reflective.