John Power : Wrexham : live review
An Evening with John Power, (Cast / The La’s) Acoustic set
Wrexham Central Station,
Friday 31st May 2013.
http://www.centralstationvenue.com/ check out the website for other forthcoming shows
Photographs of John Power & The Scene by Brent Jones
Photograph of Cal Roberts by Shaz Lennox.
I arrived at Central Station “Wales’ leading live music venue” to meet a high spirited John Power on only the second date of his 16 date solo tour, following on from the co-headlining tour with Cast and The Twang which concluded in May.
John was in a relaxed mood before the show, where we had a good catch up and discussed what his plans are for the forthcoming months.
John will soon make his theatrical debut portraying John Lennon in Rob Eaton’s musical Lennon at the Royal Court Liverpool. The show follows Lennon’s life.
He is also planning to be back in the studio with Cast soon to record their new album expected in 2014.
Fan Question. “Where did he get the name for Cast From?” Chris Ward.
“It was from the song Looking glass by the La’s , the lyric is “the change is cast” which embodied the direction John wanted to take his musical career”. JP
I’m looking forward to hearing new music from John, his songs can’t help but make you smile.
John belted out a sublime set that included solo material & his band tracks in equal measures.
Engaging with the audience with match sharpened banter, joined on stage by guitarist Jay Lewis. He opened with ‘Willow weeps’ leading into ‘Now that you’ve gone’ and ‘Jumpin Bean’.
John expresses his pleasure of playing Wrexham and explains he is pleased to be doing a small city & town tour, “Wrexham take that as a compliment” he states, this is a humbling statement, fans want the intimate experience of a smaller venue, this is something that is more than lost in arena shows. “Don’t sing until you see the whites of their eyes”
He then announces the next track – “this is a song for big city life” Small Farm. This song is full of longing for the simple life enraptured in a rolling guitar.
The set changer came in the form of Sandstorm which began the dancing and sing-alongs, closely followed by fine time which captured the crowd fully for the first time in the set.
From that moment we were treated to a grab your mate, your partner or even your local friendly venue door person and sing-along. With such highlights in the form of;
Solo releases ‘Time Bomb’ & ‘Mariner’ the latter was expressed by John has one of the finest songs he has ever written, I tend to agree with this.
Stand out Cast tracks had to be ‘Alright’ ‘Walkaway’ ‘Fine Time’ & Guiding star’
Here’s the full set list …
Check out http://www.casttour.com/ for details of the upcoming tour dates, a great opportunity to see john perform in smaller venues around the country.
He made the effort in meeting fans after the show posing for pictures and signing autographs. This is something fans love as much as the show itself.
The Support on the night came from Cal Roberts https://soundcloud.com/calroberts
Cal a singer / song writer from north wales with the stage craft and leg movements of a ballerina
The Scene https://soundcloud.com/thescenewxm
The Wrexham indie band played a laid bare acoustic set with foot stomping, keyboards, guitar and soulful lyrics