Thursday, January 25, 2007

Out To Lunch: The Songs of Nick Drake

If you're at a loose end in Belfast during lunchtime, check out the Black Box theatre. They're running a series of shows called 'Out To Lunch' at 1pm every day. It's £5 and includes meat or vegetarian lunch and there's a bar too so all your needs are catered to.

I have only been in the Black Box once before when the husband of a friend at work, Tony Bailie, released his first novel 'The Lost Chord' about the hedonistic but perilous world of rock ’n’ roll of which I'll post a review when I finish reading it. It's a great place for cultural events because it's decked out like a drama hall from your high school but with the profesionalism of lighting and a bar.

On Tuesday we went along to see 'The Songs of Nick Drake' which is currently touring the country. Nick Drake is one of my favourite artists releasing only 3 but beautiful albums in his short lifetime.

I was very much interested to see how another artist would cover his songs and if he could evoke similar feelings to listening to Nick's records. I have to say that he could and he did. The guitar playing was amazing and even though his voice was somewhat different, he played each song with passion and dedication.

His normal shows are two 1 hour sessions and I would certainly pay to see him perform should he come back to Belfast.


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