A rainy evening made us seek shelter in one of London’s most intimate venues- The Social. I had heard a lot of hype about this guy, and went in expecting something good. I wasn’t let down! The social was the perfect sounding board for the wrought acoustic blues numbers of Colin McLeod and his cellist accompaniment who opened up the set before being joined by the rest of the band.
Unfortunately due to some unforeseen technical difficulties, we were reduced to using the good old i-phone to take photos :-(
He came on stage looking shy, but immediately cracked the audience up by accusing them of only coming for the free bar. Admittedly it was a plus, and we did take advantage of the free flowing pints of Sagres.
This guy is good, he draws you in with his Nick Drake crossed with Damien Rice voice, singing with quiet passion and captivating the crowd. While he played, he held the room and one could almost here a pin drop. I was rather impressed by this as often, artists like this have the bad luck to be drowned out by murmured conversations in the crowd.
Colin is clearly a gifted songwriter and musician and I hope he doesn’t slip through the gaps in the somewhat overpopulated world of acoustic/folky music. Something tells me that this determined man from the Isle of Lewis will not let that happen though!
Review by Mirandacon