GIG: Graham Gouldman
DATE: Sunday 5th May 2013
VENUE: The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes
COST: £22.50 plus £3.70 in fees
OUR VERDICT: Harmony plus
Once again we found ourselves in the intimate setting of The Stables Theatre in Milton Keynes. A great venue that is custom built for a great sound. And once again, this was an artist Minty wasn’t well versed in apart from knowing he was a member of 10cc.
Support was provided by Tinderbox, an acoustic trio with two guys on guitars and a girl singer. They were a very pleasant listen, and it’s easy to see why they are highly regarded on some BBC radio programmes.
Graham Gouldman came on alone and started his set with one of his early song-writing hits, Billy J Kramer’s big hit "Pamela Pamela". He was then joined by Rick Fenn with a 12 string guitar, and the sound that just the two of them managed on Graham’s hit for The Yardbirds, “Heartful Of Soul”, seemed to fill the hall.
Mick Wilson and Mike Stevens then came onto the stage and after a quick nod of the hat to 10cc with "Good Morning Judge", all four members of the band brought the house down with a stunning vocal performance of Herman’s Hermits “No Milk Today”. The harmonies on this were so well worked out they sounded like a choir. With 30 guitar stings strumming, this was just an aural delight.
A new song to us,” The Halls Of Rock And Roll”, had us singing the words of the chorus before it had finished. This showed just what a catchy song-writer Graham actually is.
Sandwiched between a couple of Hollies songs was Graham's tribute to his late friend Andrew Gold. “Daylight” was a lovely song that could equally have been about Carl and Dennis Wilson in a way.
The Wax hit “Bridge To Your Heart” was given an ambitious re-working before another highlight, and probably the song 10cc will be best remembered for, “I’m Not In Love”. Again, for a record famous for so many vocal overdubs, the band carried it off brilliantly.
After a few more of Graham's excellent solo songs, it was back to where it all started for him.....The Yardbirds, “For Your Love”.
To show off just how good the vocal gymnastics were, the encore gave them a real work out on a Doo-wop style acapella version of the early 10cc hit “Donna”. This was the last night of the tour, and it finished with another 10cc number one…”Dreadlock Holiday”.
This was pretty much an acoustic show all the way through, apart from a bit of occasional keyboards here and there. It showed that you don’t need to turn the volume to 11 to put on a really powerful show.
Graham and the band kindly took the time to meet and greet fans after the show. Another great night at The Stables.
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