Melissa asked if I could do a set to open for her and of course I was flattered and said yes. I hadn’t heard of it but It’s a great place in Camden nice bar and nice stage. Had I realised members of the audience were going to be photographing, videoing and reporting on it I might have been a bit more nervous; as it was they were very well behaved (nothing was thrown and no fights broke out). Yes the audience appeared to be smiling and at the end I got asked for an encore which almost threw me, but it was good to have a chance to play ‘remembrance day.’
Thanks again to Melissa for asking me to play, to Mike Watts for the photos, Rockyoumentally for the vids and Martin Slidel for the review. I’ve put a bit of the review at the bottom (because it was good) and a link to the whole article on Melissa too. Here’s 2 tastes of my bit of the gig – more to come soon!
‘First up was Vincent Burke in a natural, warm and easy, performance. What else would you expect when singing about pianos falling down the stairs! Somewhat in the style of old-school balladeers such as Jake Thackray and Tom Lehrer; funny, wise, droll and just jaunty enough to get your feet tapping. Plus a lovely version of Smokey Robinson’s ‘You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me’ replete with new middle-eight. Burke is also a bit McCartney-ish, reinvented with a quirkier, folksier, edge. The punters demanded more.’
What’s on London 18/05/2014