Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra at The Bank, Eye, Suffolk. 11 July 2015
Just a couple of days after that unforgettable NAC gig I made my way – thanks to good friends Steve and Jan – to The Bank, in Eye to catch this splendid band once again. This was a much smaller, intimate but also very lovely and hugely impressive performance in a really lovely venue, which was a sellout crowd. Literally a converted bank the stage is quite high being placed on the old counter and with nice features all around. Some tables and chairs made for a slightly more restrained atmosphere in terms of dancing (til the end anyway) but no less appreciative and attentive.
Led on by James of BHM the boys wowed the crowd completely with another astonishing performance, feeling every note they play, it shows on their expressions, at times pained or meditative they play from the heart and everyone feels this.
Playing two sets and an encore unplugged down with the audience which was probably as long or longer than their first set it was a real treat.
A superb band, if they are coming to any place near you I urge you to go see them, you won’t regret it.
A week or so ago I also had the pleasure of catching the latest visit by the wonderful Grifter Kid and the Midnight Raiders. A great band and talented, lovely people who seem a little cursed by bad luck and occasionally inappropriate venues as was the case of their last two visits when their car was written off on the journey back home. Tonight in the wonderful Plasterers pub they unfortunately did not have the PA or the mics that they were expecting but improvised perfectly and played a beautiful, enjoyable and intimate gig in a lovely and attentive atmosphere. Always Fighting With the Light is a great live song and the wonderfully informal and impromptu Please Girl at the end closed the evening perfectly. I really hope they return to Norwich soon and they get the bigger gig that they deserve, everyone who hears them play always loves them. I certainly do.
words and photos (c) richard shashamane 2015