As part of a six-date tour, David Gray played a gig at Southampton’s Guildhall on 28th November 2014. The show marked an end to a great year for the singer-songwriter, with Gray’s latest album, Mutineers receiving critical acclaim, worldwide sell-out tours and a headline show at this year’s iTunes Festival. Gray has also just released a brand new single, Birds of the High Arctic.
David Gray’s show at Guildhall was accompanied by the very talented Devon based folk musician, John Smith.
John Smith’s soft and folksy vocals offered the perfect introduction the the evening’s show. His voice filled the venue and he portrayed a good range of emotion as his words slipped off of his tongue. I thought it was great how he used his guitar as a drum as well as to strum on his last song. Smith really did set the stage for David Gray.
The audience were on their feet for David Gray’s set, signing along to classics including My Oh My, Sail Away and Alibi. Guildhall’s fine acoustics made Gray’s vocals ring through the venue and it was obvious that he is equally impressive as a live artist as he is a recording artist. Looking around the venue, Gray brought in some older fans, and some slightly younger fans who both enjoyed his older music and his latest music. His charming and soulful voice makes a David Gray gig, the ideal sort of show for a cold winter evening.
Photography by Christy Boxall