Mark Eitzel: Cluny, Newcastle – live review
10th March 2017
An unforgettable evening spent under the spell of one of the finest story tellers around, Mark Eitzel is on top form tonight!
Founding member of the acclaimed American Music Club, Mark Eitzel released his latest solo album back in January. Hey Mr Ferryman sees Mark at his most cutting, his exceptional lyrical content is inspiring and heart-breaking at the same time. The album is packed with an understated passion, tonight see his tour almost at its climax as he reaches Newcastle. Taking to the stage first is Fernando Viciconte, whose musical career has been somewhat troubled due to illness.
His set is packed with heartfelt tracks, his delicate guitar providing a soothing base to his powerful words. There’s a recurring theme during Fernando’s set of prison, the dark tone of his tracks and his equally gloomy sense of humour go hand in hand. The passionate and knowledgeable crowd all listen intently, with a number of tracks coming from Fernando’s latest album Leave The Radio On.
The sombre tone of Fernando’s set, sets the mood perfectly for the evening he retains the crowds undivided attention throughout as they hang from his every word. Fortunately, the same can be said throughout Eitzel’s set as he follows shortly after with his band, opening with American Music Club’s in Blue and Grey Shirt.
The crowd immediately show their joy and appreciation; he croons his way through his bleak tracks but tries to lighten the mood in between by cracking jokes with the crowd. His anecdotal stories are as much a part of the show as his songs. Its undoubted that Eitzel is one of the finest story tellers around, his passion oozes from every word you cannot help but lose yourself in his emotional tales.
He holds the crowd in the palm of his hand, if you look around all eyes are fixated on this true musical genius he apologises for playing so much of his new stuff. Yet the crowd are quick to encourage him to play more tracks from Hey Mr Ferryman. With Nothing and Everything and In My Role As A Professional Singer and Ham receiving as much appreciation as his older material.
Where Eitzel’s passion is understated on record, live it overcomes him. He is mesmerising and tonight truly spellbinding. His intensity and vehement are astounding, the riotous reception he receives upon leaving the stage is well and truly deserved as he returns for a rousing rendition of Jesus’ Hands, which caps off the evening perfectly. A truly incredible evening in such a wonderfully intimate setting.
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