Graham Parker and Brinsley Schwarz – Huntingdon Hall, Worcester – Friday 01/05/2015


Damian finds himself in an old Methodist Church as Graham Parker ditches the Rumour to go it alone with his mate

After last year’s full on gigs with his band The Rumour last year, this time Parker  put on some low key dates around the country with fellow long term friend and seemingly driver for this tour Brinsley Schwarz. The latest of which brought us to the glorious Huntingdon Hall in Worcester.

On the stroke of nine, the lights dim and our hosts emerge from a side room carrying their guitars to the stage. No roadies here tonight.

First up is “Watch The Moon Come Down” .“Between You And Me” and “Silly Thing” from the wonderful Howlin` Wind album come next before a guy close to the stage holds up a vinyl copy of the said piece.

Many artist would be delighted, some shocked, but Parker knows when the mood needs lifting and with a swift  “Alright fan boy!” he sets the tone for the rest of the evening.

A trio of tracks from the forthcoming GP and the Rumour album , “Mystery Glue” are shared.

“I`ve Done Bad Things”  the title track and “Flying into London.” Happily all auger well for the new stuff

The venue a former Methodist church in the early 18th Century, is a great choice for these two superb musicians. The last part of the show includes “Back to Schooldays”, “Stick to me”, “White Honey” before ending with the seminal “Hey Lord (Don`t Ask Me Questions)”

A brief interlude before the guys return to the stage for a three track encore, which includes a song from “….Glue” called “Railroad Spikes.” This was an astonishing show in a brilliant little intimate venue. And trust us. That’s no rumour.

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