Saturday, 20 March 2010
Graham Coxon@ Barbican- Artrocker
Phenomenal is one way to describe last night’s extravaganza. ‘The Graham Coxon Power Acoustic Ensemble’ – otherwise known as Graham Coxon and friends – was beyond breathtaking. This being his side project for quite some time, he was finally able to show us what he was all about. Packing out the Barbican Hall to the max it gave more of an intimate vibe, and having me on the edge of my seat throughout the performance was a rare treat as I bore easily.
Made up of the usual guitars and keys, the multi-talented Coxon brought the Dilruba and Arc to the show, which went down rather well, as you don’t get to see them everyday. He brought in special guests along the way, such as Robyn Hitchcock and Martin Carthy, each contributing their work of art to the set.
Compared to his alternate Brit pop career with one of the biggest household names to date, the pressure was on for this shy fellow as he was back to the solo realm of what he does best.
Starting off with a cheeky li’l grin, messing his hair and thanking the audience for their attendance, nerves were showing as things got rolling.
As each track took its place on stage, Coxon’s own creative works were blasted through the projector where the order took a birth to death procession. Going from a dark edge of mist to a bright happy summers’ day, it all added a new twist of genius.
On the third song, Graham began to play, then openly admitted he'd forgotten the rest and so asked the audience’s permission to start over. His humorous jokes continued throughout the show, making us love him even more. His admirers were from all ages, all seeming to be captivated with the work he has accomplished.
Leaving the gig speechless, I’d really suggest after tonight’s display, you take a listen of the critically acclaimed album The Spinning Top, else you are missing out on a glimpse of something quite spectacular.