It is with pleasure that I report back to you on the recent Newton Faulkner gig. It was scheduled to take place at the Shepherds Bush Empire, but as you may know, with ongoing building problems at the Empire, the gig got moved the Kentish Town. So, I crossed the river and took the Northern Line. It was worth it.
From the very first chord of ‘To the light’ the crowd were drawn into his intelligent, uplifting and thought provoking lyrics. Every song was a step in the right direction and the audience absolutely loved him. He engaged with them, joked with them and even held a dance competition.
The journey through his last nine years worth of songs from classics such as ‘ Teardrop’ to ‘Up, up and Away’ from his brand new album ‘Human love’ is seamless. It is a joy to see an artist grow, prefect his talent and still keep a loyal fanbase, even see it grow.
‘Something’s Got to Change’ perhaps reflects this move away from his old label and ‘Far to Fall’ showcased his talents and the wonderful band of his well.
‘Dreamcatch Me’ was a highlight, but the song that seemed to capture everyone was ‘Feels like Home’. The gig did feel welcoming, friendly and affectionate. There was a familiarity between the audience and artist that felt homely.
Newton Faulkner is good humoured, funny, interesting and outrageously talented. He is actually famous and appreciated for his talent. A rare and wonderful these days.