Samarkind and Gabriella Jones @ Globe Inn Glossop
Bluesy-rock quartet Samarkind’s six-date UK tour kicked off on 16th March at The Globe, Glossop - a real gem of a pub and music venue, renowned for its vegan cuisine, home-brewed beers and friendly staff. Having already reviewed Samarkind’s superb debut album, I was excited to see what the band had to offer as a live act.
Opening for Samarkind was the young Birmingham singer-songwriter, Gabriella Jones. Her soulful vocals and charming personality immediately endeared her to everyone present.
Singing mainly about relationships and heartbreak, she gave a sincere and stylish performance, which sounded as beautiful as she looked. The meaning behind each song was delightfully explained beforehand and she ended with her most well-known track, Take Me To The Party. Everybody had fun joining in with the “Ooh la la la las”!
With Gabriella taking care of lead vocals and guitar, bass was left to the fantastically flamboyant Ed Swann and the drummer was then introduced as “The very shy and retiring Wyatt Wendels”! The popular Planet Rock radio presenter, who last toured with his former band Baby Paint over two decades ago, proved tonight that he still had as much purpose on the road as he does in a radio studio.
Even though his famous light-up drumsticks didn’t quite make it to Glossop (they were replaced by some very nice orange glow-in-the-dark ones), Wyatt appeared to be in his element and clearly doing what he loves best – aside from winding up his long-suffering ‘Canadian’ buddy, Dudley, that is…
Allowing the rest of the band to assume their positions on the stage first, Samarkind frontman David Paul Byrne made his entrance to the rhythmic intro of southern-blues track Black Rain. The set included the rousing Sun Stroke Heart and the momentum continued to build with Skinny Rivers, which had the crowd clapping their hands above their heads.
The awesome ballad Dead Man Call included some equally awesome guitar playing and Byrne’s vocals sounded amazing. Touch Stone Man featured a magnificent acoustic guitar, courtesy of Michal Kulbaka, which was followed by a heartfelt performance of Blue Mountain.
The set closed with an unexpected rendition of Deep Purple’s Mistreated, which was so special that I hoped it would never end. Stand-in drummer Mark O'Dwyer obviously didn’t want it to end either, finishing with a drum solo that went on long after the rest of the band had exited the stage.
A special thanks goes out to all the staff at The Globe. We had an incredible night, see you again very soon!