Kris Barras with Support from Elles Bailey Academy 3 – 25th October
Touring the UK In support of their 3rd album ‘Light It Up‘ and playing to crowds at venues up and down the country near selling out all of them is the fabulous Kris Barras Band, tonight rolling into Manchester Academy 3. It sounds like they are certainly lighting up the venues with rave reviews from each gig.
In support, they have the captivating Elles Bailey. This is my first time to watch this 5-piece blues band. What a fantastic soulful voice Elles has, and looks the part too dressed in leopard skin jacket and black hat. Playing as part of her ‘Road I Call Home‘ tour to support her 2nd album, Elles seamlessly weaved blues and roots with rock proving to be a uniquely talented artist. She continues to tour and build a relentless fanbase which will long continue for this rising British star. Elles announced her headline tour next March, at the local Bury Met. Buy the tickets, go experience a guaranteed great evening.
Kris Barras band takes to the stage after a short break exploding into ‘Light It Up’ to a raucous welcome from the crowd. Shortly followed by ‘Counterfeit People’ and ‘Rock n Roll runnin’ through my veins’ which was from their earlier album ‘Lucky 13‘ Kris has the crowd in the palm of his hand as he comes up front of stage to show off his amazing guitar talents. Blasting out more high-energy rock blues and country sounds with ‘What a way to go’ and ‘I got time’. Backed by 2 singers Alex Hart and Pheobe Jane who certainly added support to Kris’s soulful voice. The girls took centre stage to sing the beautiful ballad ‘Rain’ while Kris had a short break. Bassist Elliot Blackler with his focussed stance provides a good solid support to Kris’s guitar. New drummer Billy Hammett just plays stunning drums and had his own solo slot! Kris plays a few more from his new album including ‘What you get’ and ‘Broken Teeth’ which is my personal favourite and by the sounds of it most of the crowds too! Kris dedicates ‘Watching Over Me’ to his late father’s memory which was heartfelt, to say the least, and am sure left a lump in a lot of throats that night. Kris played a stint on the drums playfully throwing the stick up and catching it mid-song. The band finishes with a fantastic ‘Hail Mary’ and arrives back on stage to play the encore ‘Lovers and Losers’ closing the evening with the backing girls rendition of ‘Going Down’ by Freddie King.
There was a buzz about for the whole evening and I recommend giving these guys a listen, the new album is fantastic, and they are equally as fabulous live.