I have always loved guitar music so last night’s gig at the O2 Islington was a real treat for me. Not one, but two awesome guitar virtuosos – Ash Wilson and Dan Patlansky!
I only found out about these two musicians a few weeks ago via their wonderful PR man Peter Noble, and after hearing their albums I knew this gig would be too good to miss.
First on stage was Ash Wilson. He recently released his brilliant debut album, “Broken Machine”, which we featured on the blog last month (if you missed it, catch up HERE).
Ash played 5 songs from his album: Show Me How To Love You, Worlds Gone Crazy, Peace and Love, Out of Time, and Words of a Woman. They sound just as amazing live as on the record, if not more so because you can witness the emotion that goes behind the songs. The stand out song for me last night was “Words of a Woman”; it’s such a poignant song, and the guitar solo at the end was so expressive, almost as if the guitar was conveying emotions that could not be said with words. Ash Wilson is a truly gifted guitar player. He finished his set with a cover of Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel, which included crowd participation, singing along 🙂 . I was left wondering at the end of Ash’s performance how anyone could follow it. He had definitely set the bar high!
Dan Patlansky played for nearly two hours to a mesmerised crowd at the sold-out O2.
Here’s a copy of the set list:
From the moment he took to the stage until the end he had the audience hooked. There is not much he can’t make the guitar do; at one point he practically made it whisper, and I saw people removing their ear-plugs so they could hear 🙂 . Dan was joined on stage by three talented musicians from Germany: Felix Dehmel (Drums), Jonathan Murphy (Bass), Tom Gatza (Keyboards & Vocals). Each of the band members played impressive solos, and their energetic performances added something special to the already magical evening.
Dan Patlansky has a great back catalogue of songs to choose from. A few of the songs were new to me as I’d only heard his latest album, Introvertigo, but I enjoyed the whole set. As well as his own songs, he played the Jimmy Reed cover “Bright Lights, Big City”, which sounded awesome. It’s really easy to lose yourself in Dan Patlansky’s music.
It was a great night of blues-inspired music played by two of the best guitarists in the business, and it felt like a real privilege to be witnessing them in such a small venue.
There are a few dates left on this tour, so try and catch them if they are playing anywhere near you!