Vijay Kishore, Sorrento Lounge, Birmingham Saturday 6th July 2019


The Moseley festival is an annual music, arts, culture and food event, which takes place in the Bohemian suburb of Moseley in England`s second city. There are street stalls, lectures and a variety of musical proceedings. One in particular, really took my fancy at The Sorrento Lounge, a former Lucas Garage now converted into a relaxed bar / restaurant with shabby chic décor, It was a local singer songwriter called Vijay Kishore topping the bill at `The Sorrento Shindig`. I have seen Vijay`s enthralling performances on a number of occasions and he`s always worth making the effort to get see. Tonight, was no exception.

The evening`s proceedings kicked off with a song about unrequited love with `Come On Over` before a newer song, the melancholic `Little Robin`

A moving song that I really love gets an airing with `Bones` and it`s thoughtful lyrics “Final kisses still taste sweet, sound of snow crushing under my feet” and the heart wrenching strap line of “Tell Me It`s Over” it`s a song that always leaves me bewildered, it`s so simple but so wonderfully compelling.

We get a slightly country tinged version of `Done My Time` before `13 Rounds`, `Black Magic` and the stunning `Tornadoes` a reflective song which seems to be about a life crisis rounds off this short but stunning set. It`s not too long before this troubadour is encouraged to play one last song, which he happily does with the riveting `Au Revoir` before that`s it and we are left to recover, reflect and digest what we`ve heard.

I`m always left with the same question after observing a performance by this talented artist and that`s why the hell isn`t he getting the plaudits he richly deserves but at the same time, it`s like having an exciting secret you don`t want to share, a guilty pleasure. Tonight, as usual we were given a mesmerising, spell binding and at times, almost hypnotic performance from a musician with a wonderful reverberating vocal range, complimented by his dexterous guitar playing and inspiring lyrics.

I`m sure this secret can`t remain hidden for too much longer.

Previous article
Next article

More From Author


Popular Posts

Latest Gig Reviews

Latest Music Reviews


Band Of The Day