BETH HART with support from THE KRIS BARRAS BAND - St Davids Hall, Cardiff 21.04.18

CHARLEY FARLEY

(PHOTO CREDITS: MORAG FARLEY PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

The Kris Barras band return to Cardiff for the second time in a month but this time in a completely different style. Gone were the big electric back line and in comes the seats and the acoustic guitars.  These guys are known for big blues rock sound but tonight it’s a stripped back half hour set.

 

From the opening notes there was something unique about to happen, Kris’s voice is sublime, powerful but with a tone to stir the emotions. The delicate brushed drums and percussion and the twin guitars combine to change each tracks texture, softening them into a seemingly different song. Dedicating ‘Watching Over Me’ to his late father, the acoustic version is incredibly moving, as his father is the reason Kris took up the guitar. This set may have been short but will live long in the memory as it connected with every emotion and really should be experienced by every blues fan.

 

Playing a mix of tracks from their albums ‘Lucky 13’ and ‘The Divine and Dirty’ they dragged the Cardiff audience right in, and from the queue at the Merch stall at the interval he’s hooked a load of new fans.

 

Set list

Heart on Your Sleeve

I Got Time

Propane

Hail Mary

Watching Over Me

Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Through My Veins

 

The Acoustic Kris Barras Band are:

Kris Barras - Vocals/Guitar

Will Beavis - Drums

Josiah J Manning - Keys/Guitar/Backing Vocals

 

http://www.krisbarrasband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/krisbarrasband

https://twitter.com/KrisBarrasBand

 

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By the time Beth Hart appeared on stage, promptly at 8:30, the auditorium was full, except for a few latecomers still taking their seats. The audience knew that they were in for something special, and three musicians took their places to a huge applause. With the spotlight on her, Beth strode out, waving in response to the loud cheer that welcomed her appearance.

 

Within just a few notes of her first song, those who had never seen her before were hooked. She filled St Davids Hall with emotion as she strode through her set song by song. This was her first time performing in Wales - she told us that it had been her ambition for many years, since one of her managers told her so many great things about it.

 

Beth has a huge vocal range, and each song is performed with emotion as she dedicates many to people who have helped and supported her through difficult times. As she sings, the emotion in her words and expressions embed themselves in you and many people in the audience are moved to tears. She is an incredibly versatile singer, with so many different styles and tempos.

 

Throughout the set, Beth reveals her many talents one by one. Seated at a piano decorated with candles she explains the influences of her mother as she was growing up, listening to Billie Holliday, and that influence is clear as she sings another song whilst beautifully and expressively playing the piano.

 

Struggling to see the people who were watching the performance, Beth asks for the house lights to be turned up a bit so that she can see peoples faces. We didn’t expect her to then step off the stage, walking up the aisles, shaking hands with people who reached out to touch her. Smiling, and acknowledging everyone, she doesn’t miss a beat, or a step, despite wearing high heeled ankle boots.

 

As she takes a seat on a small stool in the centre of the stage, she is handed a guitar. Jon Nicholls exchanges his Les Paul electric guitar for an acoustic and they play together looking relaxed and calm as the hushed audience enjoy every moment.

 

She is open about her struggles with her mental health. As she readies herself for ‘Boogieman’ she talks about the psychiatrist who she spoke to after watching a programme on serial killers and sociopaths.

 

As she is handed another acoustic guitar, Bob Marinelli leaves the stage. Not only is Beth a great guitar player, she can also pick up a bass, and play that too. The next few songs give us the chance to hear some bass dominated music with a deft touch and hearty vocals.

 

We know that she has a set list, but as she consults with her musicians, it is clear that it is a guide, and a list that they can select songs from. Throughout the set, Beth explains where her songs come from, how she writes them, and what influenced them. As she returns to the piano, she dedicates ‘My California’ to her husband, Scotty. It is a beautiful emotional track, and there isn’t a dry eye in the house as, when the song is finishing, Scotty quietly appears on the stage, giving her a hug and kiss before quickly leaving. Her emotion is obvious as she carries on with the next song.

 

After more than 90 minutes on stage, she bids us farewell, thanking us for the attention. However, the huge applause calls her back to perform a 4 song encore, the last of which - ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ - she dedicated to a man in the audience who she had spoken to outside earlier in the day. I hope Alan enjoyed that and the rest of the show as much as everyone else did, and Beth finally left the stage to a standing ovation.

 

Beth Hart Touring Band 2018 are:

Beth Hart - Vocals/Piano/Acoustic Guitar/Acoustic Bass

Jon Nichols - Guitar/Backing Vocals

Bob Marinelli  - Bass

Bill Ransom - Drums/Percussion

 

http://www.bethhart.com/

https://www.facebook.com/officialbethhart/

https://www.twitter.com/BethHart

 

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