Yeah I’m talking to you. Come a little closer.
Listen I need to tell you something, but this is just between us.
You promise? Okay good.
You won’t believe what I’ve found, there’s this thing in there. Yeah, in the O2.
It’s making these weird sounds and tapping a big piece of wood. It’s got a big ginger mane, I know strange right.
People keep shouting and jumping at it. Poor thing must be terrified, let’s see what’s going on.
‘Wow! Amazing! Inspiring! Mind-blowing!’….
You liked it then?
Thought you would.
Are we done? …
I suppose these are just words.
They’re honest, but still words.
For the full atmosphere and experience, there’s no match for what we just saw live, but
I guess if you didn’t make it this time, I’ve got the next best thing. Here are the details.
Newton was welcomed back as a hero to the O2 academy in Leeds, for a second year running. A fine comedian as well as a deliriously creative musician, the crowd was Newton’s to puppeteer and Master. His story telling was right up there with his musical skills and I could challenge anyone to keep a straight face during one of Newton’s many crazy anecdotes. A huge passion for his profession shined through at Newton’s concert, along with his love of English tea, (he has a pot and mug on stage every time he plays). The hotly encouraged long set with many expertly recreated covers (Superstition, Teardrop) and four encore requests including the singles Full Fat and Gone in the morning (with the pirate interlude), show why Newton could write a book on crowd pleasing. The man is a legendary singer not to mention a world-class guitarist.
Does this man ever stop?
Busy touring his latest studio album ‘Write it on your skin’, Newton has an incredible eighteen tour dates in this month alone. Through his undying and hugely passionate work ethic paired with bags of performing talents, it is no surprise that Newton is one of the best live acts in the UK. His tour will finally come to a completion in Margate, after which he is sure to take a well earned break. But, if form is anything to go by I’m sure it won’t be long before Newton is back on the road.
So who is this Ginger Haired Afro Beast with a guitar? (His words)
Newton first burst on to the music scene in 2007 with a number one million selling hit ‘Dream catch me’ from his debut album ‘Hand built by robots’. Going from strength to strength on the live scene Newton quickly found himself playing popular times at Glastonbury and Leeds festivals. His style of guitar playing was soon adapted by other acoustic artists after watching Newton’s great success.
What can we look forward to in the future from Newton?
Newton Faulkner Live 2012 is available for pre-order, due for release very soon after his final tour dates. This is sure to make Santa’s wish list for many fans. More tour dates are soon to be announced and writing for Newton’s next album has already started, he’s a tough guy to keep up with. Personally I’d love to see his song about a Dog Food Taster as a single, but this may just be a pipe dream. Finally I’ll say it once again, all that I needed to, ‘Wow!’ and ‘If you get the chance, go see him, take it you’ll love him!’
14th October 2012 Newton Faulkner at the O2 Academy Leeds
Images by Danny Payne http://www.dannypaynephotography.com/