Concert Review – Bob Fox

Review by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones

The Geordie troubadour Bob Fox kept his audience entertained with his well-chosen songs, witty between-song stories, and some fine guitar playing when he appeared at Lichfield Guildhall on December 7th.

A different seating arrangement leant the evening a more intimate feel, with the performer surrounded by his audience, allowing for a more personal and unique experience for musician and audience alike.

After more than forty years as a celebrated and talented performer, Bob Fox has a repertoire of songs that look at themes ranging from love, to work, and tales of his native North-East, so songs by Ewan McColl and Jimmy Nail find themselves performed together, whilst songs such as The Boys who Keep the Train Rolling or Champion at Keeping Them Rolling take lives lived on the Trains as their backdrop, adding in rhythmic, melodic guitar parts. In the Bar Room was a singalong piece about lives in the pub. The Waters of Tyne was a love ballad about the difficulty of finding a ferryman on the River Tyne. The highlight of the set was probably Big River by Jimmy Nail, the musical accompaniment being a perfect vehicle for the heartfelt lyrics and strong vocal delivery.

An encore of Farewell Johnny Miner was a ballad that was dedicated to all of the lives and jobs lost to the mining industry. This was an entertaining, thought-provoking evening in the company of an extremely accomplished singer and musician.

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