Gig Review by Dawn / Photos
(York, July 2005) by Dawn
Whether down to their mediocrity or your sheer impatience
to see the main band, it's often all too easy to let support acts
pass you by. David Ford, however, is an exception.
With an impressive, ever-increasing array of instruments
at his disposal, his now infamous looping tricks, a backing vocalist
and double bass player and a voice which can equally pierce the
air and break your heart, the former Easyworld frontman is simply
impossible to ignore;as his set's deafening climax fades to silence,
the captivated crowd awake from their trance, close their gaping
mouths and begin to ask around to discover the identity of musician
Throughout his five song set, Ford moves effortlessly
between some terrifyingly vicious guitar playing (Don't Tell
Me) and some impassioned crooning atop a park bench (State
of the Union) and raises a wry smile as he introduces a song
written around the advice of a friend - Cheer Up (You Miserable
He alternates instruments (guitar, piano, harmonica, tambourine,
maracas) at a dizzying pace, covering the tiny stage like a whirling dervish
as behind the trio a video backdrop plays on.
And as State of the Union crashes to its stunning
crescendo conclusion amidst layer upon layer of instruments and self-made
vocal harmonies, one can only wonder how much more David Ford could add
to his already grandiose set were he headlining the gig - and just how
wonderful a show that would be...
David's album I Sincerely
Apologise For All The Trouble I've Caused is due for release on Fierce
Panda in September. Visit www.DavidFord.mu
for more info.
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