Gig Review

Big Country
Simon Townshend, Dave Mcpherson
Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall

24th April 2013

Big Country                       Simon Townshend             Dave Mcpherson


Photo Of Dave Mcpherson © Copyright Jude OnionsDave McPherson is first up tonight, and right from the get go the banter and crowd connection is there, with light hearted jokes and beautiful melodies, and a voice that can soothe you, I personally could listen to him for hours!

'Kingdom', 'Snowball', and 'Love Rats' are just some of the tracks from tonight's set, all performed with genuine feeling and heart. Although Dave is feeling a bit under the weather this evening, he informs us, you would never tell as he gives yet another amazing performance from start to finish. A genuine gent, nice one Dave!

Photo Of Simon Townshend © Copyright Jude OnionsSimon Townshend, (Younger brother of Pete Townshend, The Who.), is next to take to the stage.

Bringing a good solid acoustic rock sound, with some top notch vocals he goes down a storm with the crowd. 'Forever and a Day', and 'Bed Of Roses' were the highlights of the set, with a fair bit of banter in between tracks. Certainly worth checking out if you get a chance, a real charismatic performer.

Photo Of Big Country © Copyright Jude OnionsBig Country appear on stage to the biggest applause I have heard for some time, as they launch into 'Look Away' the crowd are jumping and singing along, with a solitary Big Country flag being wafted about along the front barrier.

The band's new album 'The Journey' is a very poignant one. It's dedicated to the memory of Stuart Adamson, the founder of Big Country, who sadly passed away in 2001. Mike Peters, (vocals) explains that when the group of 5 play onstage, you see 5 but there is always 6 up there, Stuart's memory truly lives on through them all.

Photo Of Big Country © Copyright Jude OnionsContinuing the lively set with 'The Journey', 'Home Of The Brave' and the huge 'Fields of Fire', we witness such great energy on the stage between the band, smiling, joking, doing little jigs around one another and all the time keeping a fantastic bond with the vast amount of loyal fans here tonight.

Set closers are 'Another Country' and 'Wonderland', the energy is still at maximum level as we move to the encore, 'In a Big Country'. The band leave to another huge applause, and it's very well deserved, easily one of the top 5 gigs I have been to this year so far.

Dave Mcpherson 5/5
Simon Townshend 3/5
Big Country 5/5

Review By Jude Onions

 Big Country

Bruce Watson
Mark Brzezicki
Mike Peters
Jamie Watson
Derek Forbes

 Simon Townshend

Simon Townshend

 Dave Mcpherson

Dave Mcpherson

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 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?