Fairtrade Awareness Gig;
Report and photos by Boo
Parr Hall, Warrington, 5th October 2007
Starsailor embarked on a mini autumn tour of the UK to spread awareness for the Fairtrade mark. The 9 date tour hit towns and cities that have already attained, or are striving towards, the status of 'Fairtrade Town', from Huddersfield through Preston, climaxing in Bath on 10th October 2007. The gig comprised two halves; an acoustic set with James on his own, followed by a full-on electric set with the whole band.
Please see the page on the Preston gig for more information on the excellent work of Fairtrade, or use the logo link to the left to visit the Fairtrade site.
The 2 minute gig summary:
- Support band Scars on 45 were possibly even better than in Preston;
- James again opened with half an hour of solo acoustic performance. Fever was just as spine-tingling, followed by Lullaby, new song Wrong Side of Love and Oasis cover Songbird and Rolling Stones song - loudly accompanied by the audience - Sympathy For The Devil;
- James apologised for the lyrical confusion in his acoustic cover of the Rolling Stones song, saying that there were a lot of verses and he already had enough trouble remembering his own songs;
- Ben had passed his driving test earlier that day and was pretty gutted that James didn't consider it sufficiently noteworthy to tell us;
- James said there were a lot of family and friends in and it had led to a huge Guest List, to which a wag in the audience shouted “why wasn't I on it then?”
- Barry was exceptionally well-hidden. Boy, he's good;
- James reminded us of their last trip to the Parr Hall in 2002 when Peter Kay was on stage with them;
- I should have gone to Southampton, Northampton or Bath, James did Jealous Guy acoustically at those venues. I hereby register my request in for a full band rendition of this at a future date when I'm in attendance - please;
- The advantage of only 4 of them playing is that you get to appreciate the individual contributions more;
- The totally unequivocal winner of 'best dancing' goes to James's daughter Niamh - absolutely no contest!
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