Artist: The Gerry Colvin Solo Experience (featuring Elliott Rooney)
Venue: The Gun Room @ The RMA Tavern, Eastney
The Gerry Colvin Solo Experience (featuring Elliott Rooney)
Vivacious ColvinQuarmby front-man Gerry Colvin, returns to the Gun Room @ The RMA Tavern in Portsmouth for the second time, to perform an intimate solo set. With the lights dimmed and ambient music being aired in the background, the mood was set. The sold out crowd that had queued outside the venue for over half an hour, couldn’t possibly find their seats at a more blinding speed.
This man needs no support act, and so Gerry takes to the stage, donning his signature acoustic guitar, before opening the set with three stripped down versions of ColvinQuarmby numbers. The audience were delighted by the rarely showcased, ‘Living In Harmony’ and ‘I Will Catch You’. We were then treated to an unclad recital of ‘Crumbling Country Stand’ which features on the latest ColvinQuarmby album, ‘CQV’. I should probably mention that when I say, “an unclad recital” I am of course referring to the song and not to the artist.
The excitable songwriter finds extra exuberance as he announces that pianist Elliott Rooney will be joining him on stage. The concert becomes even more personal as the soft, subtle piano of Rooney accompanies Gerry’s whimsical yet ingenious lyrics, through an amalgamation of jazz/folk fusion.
A master of the craft, Gerry’s lyrical prowess is incomparable. Only he could pen a jazz song containing the line, “I’m never gonna play twister with Frank Sinatra”. Quips such as this remind us of how powerful a writer Colvin is, and can be heard throughout his freshly released solo album: ‘Jazz Tales of Country Folk’ (Featuring Elliott Rooney).
The album chaperones the listener through more tender moments in the songs; ‘Not What They Both Had Wanted’ and ‘I Wish’.
On this album we also observe some of the darker areas of lyricism brought forth by Colvin in ‘Right Here With You’ and ‘I Killed A Flower For You Today’, dealing with mental complaints.
Amidst the jazzy stylings of the solo melodies, a rousing version of ColvinQuarmby epic, ‘After Journey’s End’ (which Rooney had never played until now!) almost sees the concert to an end. The duo finish their set with the opening track of ‘Jazz Tales of Country Folk’ – ‘Blind’ which receives a standing ovation.
Whether he’s going solo or with a group, Gerry’s performances are always laced with comedy that seems to spill out naturally as he recounts anecdotes that led to the inception of a song or idea. One thing that is notable about a Gerry Colvin solo concert is how the content of his songs are so easy to relate to.
There are no frills or airs or graces with Colvin, all of his material is honest and accessible to all listeners, whilst his addictive personality keeps the audience captivated for further delights.