Gig review and Photos by Dawn
Jim Moray gigs are always a little out of the ordinary.
For starters, he tends to favour venues a tad off the beaten track of the usual gig circuit – and tonight’s sweet little back street theatre is no exception.
Then, of course, there’s the fact that he likes to introduce his songs by explaining the history behind them – whether in an intriguing, factual fashion or in a straight-faced but brilliantly amusing way (“The moral of this story is never love a soldier or sit on his knee. I’ve never done either of those things and I like to think it’s helped me to become a well-rounded adult”).
And on top of that, it goes without saying that Jim’s music, too, is a little out of the ordinary.
Brilliantly bewitching when performing with a band, Jim is just as compelling tonight as he plays his set solo.
Switching smoothly between guitar and piano, the lack of other people onstage means that it’s easier to focus on and appreciate Jim’s musicianship. Though he performs duet Jenny of the Moor without the usual contribution from Hannah Peel, it’s as enchanting as ever and a reminder of how strong his songs are.