Fairfield Halls, Croydon

A truly exceptional evening. I must just mention the fine support Eva Abrahams provided. Although reasonably attended it’s a shame photo:Gavin Forward that many consider the opening act as an opportunity to simply sample the bar prior to the main event. Eva truly justified her place on this tour with a solo set of self penned songs with instant and provoking appeal that lead me and many others to taking advantage of her cd being on sale during the break. The great man himself took his position to shouts of “welcome back John” and indeed, one truly felt part of an audience that felt how good it was. Rewarding us with a crafted set of old and new, John sat and commanded the evening well, wiping his brow with a towel between songs in a relaxed and jovial mood. His band are tight and a total pleasure to appreciate on an individual basis. Highlights for me included Carmine, a remarkable Easy Blues, the new My Creator and the even more recent as it’s yet to appear on disc Could have told you before I met you which is just brilliant. One surprise was with Cobbles being such a great album one or two other tunes from it would have been good, but hey, with so many to choose from you can only fit so many cherries into one cake! Having high expectations can be misguided but this evening was simply magnificent sophistication with guts. Come back soon John.

Chris Keegan

” I don’t know if you know, but my real name is Iain David McGeachy. That’s Gaelic for the bastard keeps rising up!”