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James Morrison w/ Rainy Boy Sleep 06.02.12 Leicester

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Queues snaked along the footpath as eager fans waited to see a sold out James Morrison and his up-and-coming support act Rainy Boy Sleep (also known as Stevie Martin) on a frosty week night.

DeMonfort Hall has an impressive classic theatre feel and Rainy Boy wasted no time wowing the swelling crowds with his short but sweet set and Irish charm.

With a voice that radiated into every corner of the room, he captivated the eyes and ears of everyone there – accent ringing throughout his singing and in his chat between songs – he is what seems like a genuinely nice guy.

The release of his new video for single Shopping Centre Song coincides with this tour and his real-life lyrics set to a background of acoustic guitar is dreamy – he stands alone on stage but still manages to fill it.

He played most of his EP of the same name – truely a haunting voice and one of Northen Ireland’s best current talents.

James Morrison followed his very worthy warm-up act with first song Beautiful Life from his newest (and third) album The Awakening. Girls in the back row screamed throughout their love for James and everyone swayed along to his strong, likeable voice.

Playing acoustic guitar with two female backing vocalists, he sped through (with a soulful relaxed voice of course) This Boy, In My Dreams and 6 Weeks before performing my personal favourite I Won’t Let You Go. Another genuinely nice guy, with his brother on piano, James talked about his new baby and smiled as he held the audience in the palm of his hand.

Criticially acclaimed Nelly Furtado collaboration Broken Strings  from second album Songs for You, Truths for Me was another hit with the crowd who soaked it in. He also played a superb rendition of hit Jessie J collaboration Up with one of his backing singers (who were both also very impresive).

James was meant for an audience and a setting like this, large enough for his fans but also initimate enough to feel like a small gig (if you ignore the few thousand people that is). Classic, easy-listening and acoustically perfect, his set went without flaw and finished with the song that made him famous You Give Me Something – the second track from his first album Undiscovered.

Afterwards, girls, couples, men and women screamed for an encore and he obliged more than willingly with renditions of The Awakening, Under The Influence and Wonderful World. He beemed as everyone clapped, laughed and raved about how wonderful his co-stars on stage were. His name was on the posters of course, but he acted like everyone wasn’t there to see him. Wonderfully deluded.

Editor of LLR since 2005

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