What a brilliant tour – see my review below here are the dates and venues to catch Marcus on excellent form – go see some truly great live music :-
Do not miss out on seeing Marcus live when he visits Scotland 27th February – 2nd March 2013 – beautiful video from The Globe Hay-on-Wye earlier on in the tour, click link below:-
Marcus Bonfanti – Hay-on Wye
Beautifully filmed by Black Mountain Films
The Globe at Hay-on-Wye, a bijou venue that is unique and quirky, this converted chapel is at the cultural heart of ‘The Town of Books’, with its comfortable chairs in a random layout gave the ideal setting for Marcus, his guitars and distinctive voice as part of his Calm Before The Storm Solo Acoustic tour. As ever it was a confident start by Marcus as he stepped onto the stage which was lit up with drums and a symbol that formed a bright backdrop to the opening number that was simple in its format of voice and blues harp.
Marcus provided the audience with a strong set that showcased his guitar skills and introduced us to tracks from previous recordings and the much awaited new album due Spring 2013, including many favourites. He started on his Galaxy acoustic guitar with ‘Devil Girl’, followed quickly on by a track from his forthcoming CD, ‘Blind Alley’; there is no doubt this prodigious talent is growing with stronger lyrics combined with powerful guitar, revealing the true real heart and soul of Marcus, with that distinctive mix of sweet and sour, summed up in the line ‘little sip bitter wine’. With a deft guitar change and relaxed interchange with an audience that had instantly warmed to this young man of the blues with his friendly open style; he launched into ‘Jezebel’ on his Telecaster, this change of tempo and style is what makes his solo act so vibrant fresh and live, using the great acoustics in this converted Chapel to his advantage; he made the guitar zing and his voice soar in perfect harmony as they reverberated throughout the building with warmth and depth.
Marcus always entertains with his musicality, friendly interaction with the audience with songs that included ‘Honey’; ‘Hard Times’ with such relevant lyrics for now mixed in with some gospel for good measure demonstrating his great versatility. ‘The Girl I Knew’ was including in his repertoire for this tour, and ‘Bittersweet’ , that won Marcus the British Blues Award, Songwriter of the Year 2012; the tempo changed again as he introduced another two new songs, ‘My Baby Don’t Dance’ showing his skills with slide guitar ‘Bang of a Gun’, like many of his songs the title drives the song and captures the tempo. The evening all to quickly came to an end with ‘Give Me your Cash’ which had been showcased by Paul Jones when promoting this eagerly awaited solo tour. Of course this wasn’t the last as an encore followed as light follows day with the poignantly wistful song ‘Sweet Louise’. Marcus certainly won new fans tonight.