When Jenn and I went to Kendal Calling in July this year the headliners for the Saturday night were Elbow. Not something that we were really all that fussed about….until we saw them. Holy Crap! How have I missed the British National Treasure that is Guy Garvey? Looking like your cuddly, friendly uncle, his voice is amazing and his songs are just brilliant.
So this year Guy Garvey produced a great solo album – Courting the Squall – and followed it up with short tour. We caught him in Glasgow and it was pretty much the gig of the year for us.
The O2 ABC is a reasonably intimate venue and Guy has the amazing ability to make you as an audience member feel like you’re along to see one of your good mates play a few songs and have a wee sing-a-long. The man is pure genius, his banter is relaxed and anecdotes witty (also we were fairly close to the front as you can see and I’m pretty sure he was giving me wife the ‘glad eye’ – can’t blame him really)