Sunday, 16 February 2014

Bruno Major - Manchester Deaf Institute - 15th February 2014

Last night on a cold and rainy evening in Manchester, there was nothing better than to chill out in Manchester's Deaf Institute main bar with friends, have some drinks and listen to some brilliant music. 
Yesterday was the first stop on Bruno Major's solo tour, the venue had the atmosphere of an east London club, Hoxton perhaps - fairy lights, a minimalist disco ball, lights dimmed and never a quiet moment at the bar. After a soundcheck half an hour before his stage time, in comes Bruno Major, carrying his baby blue Fender Stratocaster, he plugs in and begins his set with his song about his father 'Old Man'.

Bruno told short stories about the songs he has written and the covers that he played, he noticed Tom and I singing along to his song 'Just Cos Your Beautiful' and he was very surprised and grateful. As he was rounding up his set we shouted for more and Tom requested his cover of Ray Charles' 'Losing Hand' and he was more than happy to play his fantastic version.  

He played two extra songs as we shouted for more, and ended playing his keyboard, giving us his beautiful love song 'Home'.

There aren't many artists who can play a set solo for 45 minutes and still have the same amount of attention from the audience as he did when he first walked on the stage, but he did. The only people I've seen that can do that are Bruno and KT Tunstall. I've seen him play solo twice now and with a band once, and its his talent in his musicianship which shines through each time he plays. 

After the set we shook his hand, spoke a bit and told him how great his set was. He told us about visiting LA with his record label and the process of recording his album. It's only the beginning for Bruno Major, just watch, in a few years I can see him with a session on BBC 6 Music, album released and another on its way, and an even bigger fan base.

Livvy x


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