My first 'proper' show of 2014, in Leicester of course, (following an informal appearence at The Musician on January 6th playing ISLINGTON STREET and AMERICANTA). The Criterion is deep in the Hewick DNA, my 'Royal Albert Hall', that little bar is perhaps the only place on earth where I can do the 'real' Kevin Hewick show in full length and range of expression. Everything was right for this night, a modest crowd but responsive, really listening and interacting, and Malc Randall on the sound, also my 'official heckler'. Among those present were John Butler of Diesel Park West, Sally Barker (fresh from her magnicently moving appearance on 'The Voice'), Dillon Wakeford, Glyn Allen, Dave Dixey (whose label Sorted Records released 'Helpline' in the 90s), Jock Kerry of The Freed Unit, Sean Tizzard, Peter Flack, Paul Carden, Debra Gale and my dad who seemed to really enjoy himself, 80 next month and not out! I think this one was a classic, everything from Bob Marleys tomb to the 'Winky-Wanky Bird' was discussed and I did a good range from the Hewick songbook, from Factory Records days to the present. It did my a favour, a sense of getting an overview of my work. Something written decades ago can resonate as much as something written days ago and vice-versa. I feel like my musical 2014 really came alive with this performance. It was the first time I ever did 'ANOTHER JERUSALEM' in it's 12 odd minute entirity, I've only ever played extracts or earlier versions minus lyrics added late on in the recording of 'The Heat Of Molten Diamonds' .. I even got called back for an encore and request for PLENTY, that was just great..
THE SET: REUNION BLUES / LANDSCAPE / AMERICANTA / ISLINGTON STREET / RUN DOWN TOWN / FLOWER OF UNCONSCIOUSNESS / GARDEN OF BALLOONS / ALMOST UNSEEN / US TO DUST / A YOUNG MAN"S DREAM OF REVOLUTION / FAC 501 / OPHELIA'S DRINKING SONG / HAYSTACK / ELEGY FOR JACKIE LEVEN / THE MYTH / ANSWERS ON A POSTCARD / NOW IS THEN / ANOTHER JERUSALEM / BILLION PEBBLE BEACH / PLENTY
Pic by Debra Gale.