MYLES KENNEDY / DORIAN SORRIAUX - Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh 02.07.18

BY CHRIS STONES - PHOTO CREDITS MB PHOTOGRAPHY SCOTLAND

 

The Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh’s heart are a popular venue for acts from all genres, and the queue of gig-goers tonight stretches past the tourist shops, busy bars and bustling restaurants. Those queuing have an excitable buzz as they have secured must-have tickets to see Myles Kennedy in an up close and personal space, unplugged and playing his material without the accompaniment of a band.

 

The tightly packed venue has a chilled vibe tonight and this is made all the more so by the quietly melodic folk support act Dorian Sorriaux. Sorriaux is a French Breton who, he reveals, has a father who plays the bagpipes - something that will always win hearts and minds in the capital. This receives an almost rowdy welcome from the crowd that takes the artist by surprise and he seizes the opportunity to add that Edinburgh is one of his favourite cities. A good start to his short set!

 

Sorriaux has an interesting look in a shirt and hat that wouldn’t look out of place in Nashville. His music has a distinct Neil Young feel vocally, and the songs are beautifully written. His haunting delivery has a raw innocence and receives a warm response from the knowledgeable audience.

 

Sorrieaux's debut EP ‘Hungry Ghost’ is only a matter of days old and forms the basis of the material being heard tonight with stand out track being the show opening EP’s title track. His admission that he is only used to playing in front of his friends and his mother is a lovely moment and draws a pantomime ‘awwww’ from the front row.

 

Sorriaux will support Kennedy throughout this European tour and he capably provides a complimentary support act to the Alter Bridge frontman. Arriving early to catch the emotion of his shows is highly recommended and you can follow him at -

 

https://www.facebook.com/spacedorre/

http://doriansorriaux.com/

https://twitter.com/doriansorriaux 

 

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Myles Kennedy has a significant fanbase earned through his work in a number of bands and projects, notably Alter Bridge, but his solo acoustic shows really are the way to hear the man’s talent stripped of the comfort blanket a band offers an artist.

 

The venue couldn’t be any more full tonight and fans discuss what songs may lie ahead. Some eagle-eyed aficionados see the tech-crew setlist at the side of the stage but it’s made clear later that Kennedy plays what he is feeling on the night as he has a music stand and book of material to choose from as he weaves a tapestry capturing his upbringing, his loves and his pains in life.

 

Tonight, he casts a magic spell with seventeen songs from across his catalogue that are performed rather than simply ‘played’. The stage for tonight’s show is sparse but well-lit with two stools looking lonely without the company of drums and backline (Kennedy later jokes about his lack of pyro and there being “no Stonehenge being lowered onto the stage” in a wonderful reference to the Spinal Tap movie).

 

Kennedy steps on stage to a thunderous welcome which takes him aback for a moment, his broad smile showing that the man genuinely enjoys what he does for a living. This love of his art is matched by a humble sincerity that breaks down any barrier with the audience and throughout the show, he hits the mark with the playful crowd by laughing at himself and poking fun at them as well.

 

Opening track ‘Devil on the Wall’ is as emotional a song as he has in his cache with a haunting melody that slithers along initially before opening into an upbeat romp that has the educated crowd singing along from the outset. Kennedy works through some older material and occasionally takes a seat as he does for the stripped-back rendition of Alter Bridge’s ‘Addicted to Pain’ on which he is joined by accomplished guitarist Tim Tournier - a member of the crew.

 

At this point, we notice that the guitar tech working hard at the side of the stage has a formidable task at hand as Kennedy has ten guitars for his show. One of these is a weathered steel guitar that he plays slide on in new track ‘Blind Faith’. The sheer outpouring of feeling in this song is completely at odds with Kennedy’s deprecating comment at its close with “I’m not cool and I never have been”. This prompts the ultimate heckle for an artist as “I love you Myles” is yelled from the depths of the sweating mass of bodies. His response “I love you too” draws laughs but on reflection, I think it was meant.

 

The more unusual moments of the night are the now expected playing of Iron Maiden’s ‘Trooper’ which is fun and injects some energy into the set at the perfect moment. His performance of Alter Bridge’s ‘All Is Well’ is equally special as the band have never played the song live according to the man who should know best. His question to the crowd “Is it loud enough?” receives the expected response but his final word on the matter is sublime - “Asking a rock crowd if it’s loud enough, is like asking my dog if it’s had enough food”.

 

Kennedy may be flexing his sets on this tour but his final track ‘Year Of The Tiger’ from the new album is perfect in both cadence and heart. The crowd have sung each song through the night and this is no exception and as he plays the last note, the reception is remarkable.

 

Myles Kennedy has achieved legend status through his attitude, talent and genuine honesty as an artist. Those present experienced a phenomenon tonight and that phenomenon is a self-confessed geek. If this is being a geek - where do I sign up?

 

You can peruse the man and his work here -

 

https://twitter.com/MylesKennedy

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMylesKennedy/

https://www.instagram.com/officialmyleskennedy/

 

 

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