Andy's Flamenco Festival
Gig Review by Dawn / Photo from FTwL
Of the many reviews from Teesside venues on Record
Overplayed, you’d be hard pushed to actually find one of a
North East artist. In which case, Stockton singer-songwriter
Andy Jones is somewhat unique – and in more ways
than one. Not for him the tried and tested route of stereotypical
solo artist on acoustic guitar; Andy prefers to complement his Northern
roots with more than a hint of Latino spirit in a live performance
so powerful you have to look twice to remind yourself that he really
is only one man and his guitar.
The story goes that Andy travelled
to Spain and fell in love with Flamenco, and bizarre as a Teesside
bloke performing a pop/folk/flamenco hybrid may sound, it really
does work wonderfully; with his spellbinding guitar work and a vocal
range to rival Roy Orbison’s, there are constant opportunities
to marvel at his performance. The instrumental Rumba Flamenco
opened the show, setting the precedent for the Latin-inspired songs
which followed, including the more pop-tinged Sail Away
and the amazing Valencia, which saw his vocals climb higher
and higher whilst never once missing a note. Highlight of the set,
though, was last song Girl; a catchy, upbeat number which
saw Andy whistling mid-chorus among the fast-paced vocals.
Unusually, even for the up-tempo numbers, Jones spends
the whole half hour seated behind his microphone, guitar balanced on his
knee. “I’m not a great conversationalist”, he smiles
mid-set after commenting on a crowd member’s Smiths t-shirt. Indeed,
the only blot on his copybook is to mention during his onstage chitchat
his belief that Robbie Williams is a good entertainer, jokingly questioning
why we’re all crammed into the tiny Green Dragon Yard when we could
be at Knebworth watching the ex-Take That man. But given the choice between
battling traffic chaos to watch the irritatingly-voiced Williams strut
around a stage, or listening to Andy Jones’ soaring vocals whilst
watching his hands become nothing but a blur over his guitar, I’m
pleased to have chosen the ten minute drive into Stockton-on-Tees. Crowd
size means nothing; Robbie Williams could only dream of being this talented.
Thanks to Andy for the setlist.
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