Live review: Robert Vincent @ The Unity Theatre, Liverpool Tuesday 22nd January 2013
Liverpool Sound and Vision rating * * * *
Robert Vincent is one of the great acoustic artists playing in Liverpool right now. He also has been very busy in recent months, so busy that it makes you wonder when he finds time to catch his breath, let alone do any recording. Aside from getting ready to unleash his new album, Life In Easy Steps, he has been interviewed by the London press and those whose musical knowledge is second to none.
The reason why he is so popular is easy to see as soon as he steps foot on stage and at the Unity Theatre, his music is infectious and it really gets beneath the skin. No matter the mood you may be experiencing as you sit and wait patiently for the music to start, he will lift your spirits with a voice that oozes sentiment, knowing and kindness. A rare feat in this day and age and no wonder that he was quite rightly nominated as part of the inaugural Liverpool Music Awards last year.
Robert Vincent was accompanied by the excellent Emily Jackson on keys and the talented Michael Gay on guitar and with all three combining to give the audience a good start to their evening, it was a night that was just simply beautiful.
Opening the evening with denial and the excellent Light of the Star, the music was heartfelt and sublime. Even if you have only caught the musician on his own or with the accompanying double bass player, this set was made special with inclusion of Emily Jackson who played the keyboard as if she was cradling the most sensitive of souls. It was a sight to behold.
Amongst other songs to be played on the night was the superb Blue, the title track of the new album Life In Easy Steps, the excellent The Passage before finishing of a 40 minute set with the outrageously good Demons.
A wonderful way for the Unity Theatre to see in their highly enjoyable music nights and in Robert Vincent they picked a real music star to kick 2013 off.
Ian D. Hall was brought up in Birmingham and spent the vast majority of his teenage years in Bicester, near Oxford. He grew up loving music from a very early years.
In the last ten years Ian has written reviews for the Birmingham Evening Mail, Liverpool Live, Chris High and the University of Liverpool’s L.S. Media web site. For the last year of his graduate degree he was joint Arts Editor for L.S. Media and it has been his privilege to write on many of the arts in Liverpool, Merseyside, the U.K. and the rest of the World, having reviewed gigs as far as away as Poland and Canada.
Liverpool has been his home for the last eight years and is without doubt the most vibrant, most cultural part of the UK. His love of music and theatre has led him to see great bands and plays, not just in Liverpool but the wider artistic community. His dearest music loves are Punk, Progressive Rock, Metal, Rock, folk and pop.
Ian D. Hall graduated from the University of Liverpool in June 2012 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English. He now edits the Liverpool Sound and Vision website.