Last night I saw my 20th gig of the year, Jack Savoretti playing in the beautiful Cadogan Hall in London. The show was acoustic, a stark contrast to his lively full band shows, a stunning evening. Support came from Amy Lawton and her band, a really nice opening set - will definitely be keeping an eye out for her at upcoming shows! Having been a fan for a few years, Jack is one of my absolute favourite artists, with his unique, 'gravelly' (if that's a word) accent coming across in the music beautifully. I'm so glad that Jack is doing so well at the minute following support from Radio 2 and a performance on The Graham Norton Show, where he played his track Catapult (from the re-packaged version of his latest record Written In Scars) with a string trio. While being interviewed on the show he invited them to join him at the Cadogan Hall show, and luckily they accepted - watch my video below of them performing the track together!
He talked last night about wanting the show to be 'about old friends', with a guest pianist (who's name I didn't catch!) and Italian artist Violette Zironi joining him for a few tracks. The stripped back set allowed him to play some tracks that he doesn't often get to, such as Harder Than Easy, Between The Minds and Chemical Courage. My favourite song from the latest record, The Other Side Of Love, was a highlight of the evening, and I shed a few tears through Breaking The Rules. If you're interested, there's a bit of his back story on the about page on his website, after his first two albums, he had given up on music, and this track, he described last night, was him sticking it to some of the industry, when he returned with his third record. Thinking about how well he is doing at the moment, and how lucky we are that he carried on playing and writing music, the track made me cry - happy tears though! All in all, a lovely evening.
Jack plays a show at Somerset House in July, but sadly it's sold out already (the only date to be sold out so far I think, with other acts including Everything Everything, Benjamin Clementine and Laura Mvula, so no mean feat and just another indicator of how successful Jack is being at the moment!) After last night's show, I'm wishing I'd got a ticket before it sold out - now I will have to spend the next few months looking out for one!