26th September 2008
I hope you saw a great gig last Friday at Carling Academy, Liverpool.
If not, I’ll tell you I enjoyed the performance until I dropped!
It was ace to see Kevin Critchley Outfit tried on for size away from the
usual, tight changing-room space found in bars. KCO belongs on show! Kevin
is incessantly energetic and he shows his excellence of delivery by hitching
up to rock-vox on some of the tracks. I must add that musical arrangements
for this live performance are impressive and melodically dressed-up with
skilful bowing from Josie (violin) and Luke (cello). Luke Moore also switches
to keyboard for a few tracks; he’s a talented musician when playing
I really liked the repeated riff you can’t help but listen-out
for in Sunshine. Louise and Desire are also big songs for this band. Extra
strings from cello add smooth bass tones when required to KC’s guitar
dramatics, and there’s an allegro edge on violin which is smile-inducing.
Well-received by the audience – it’s my guess KCO’s
fans are increasing and the hard work of gigging has begun to pay-off.
Josie Pearce on violin - though musically amazing - seems to be stood
still stage right (this has to be an optical illusion) while lucky Luke
is charmed to sit with cello or keyboard. I would hazard a guess that
Josie is a classically-trained violinist or else understandably terrified
of Kevin flying around and crashing into her. I’d like to see her
next to cello on the big stage in future - she and Luke were wonderfully
Back to the star: it’s unlikely you will find many guitarists who
keep their vocal 'right' while so adept on the move. Legs are free to
race, roam, crouch or creep about because Kevin holds his guitar unusually
high; across his chest (rather than the more typical position - in front
of the nether region)!
This is the most visually and vocally versatile trio in Liverpool, and
what is more, they have songs. If Mr McNabb (as headliner) recognises
their talent by offering a support slot, it’s a sin to knock the