This concert was a long time coming - or so it seemed
anyway. After all, it had been more than 3 months since
we had seen him live. Most of the "usual suspects"
- as our little bunch have christened themselves - were
blown in from all points North, West, East and
South to Manchester last weekend. And what
a weekend it was. Unforgettable. We even had to
vie with the England footy fans for seats on trains.
Not one of us knew there was a football match at Old
Trafford last Saturday - we thought they were all out
to support BK!
could resist a weekend of meeting up with friends old
and new, seeing BK in concert and shopping - yes, yet
again I had to buy new shoes because the other new shoes
blistered my feet!. Our group may now be re-christened
the "Elastoplast Army"!!!
I even had a personal chauffeuse - thanks to Catherine
for getting us there safe and sound. From now
on all my journeys will not be measured in miles or
kilometres but in Homebirds. The journey from
Central Scotland to Manchester only took three Homebirds
- both cds, back to back! - one Celtic Heart and one
CD from some Aussie blokes.
can't say anything other than huge thanks for a first
class concert, even if some of the audience seemed
a little subdued - just wait till Glasgow Brian, we'll
more than make up for it! The selection of songs
from Homebird was just right and our cheer of
delight when we heard the opening chords of Silver Hearts
on Chains didn't throw Brian off track! Let's
hope my plea to bring Eddi Reader on stage on Wednesday
to sing it with you hasn't fallen on deaf ears.
signing queue at the end was the longest queue I have
ever seen at a BK concert - it was even longer than
the check out queue at Primark on a very busy Saturday
afternoon! I think Brian's pen was running
out of ink by the time Aisling got to the desk!
it was great to see the Don Mescall queue was just as
popular - Don's set was fabulous. More of
the same please for Glasgow!
off to pitch my tent for the Glasgow queue - unreserved
seating, concert sold out - can you imagine the
scrum there'll be for good seats? Mmmm, only 44
hours to go!
Being a new mum, any night out enjoying some time to
yourself is special...but when you're spending it with
Mr Brian Kennedy you cant get much more special than
that!!! So thanks to my lovely husband ,who bought me
the ticket, this was how I was spending my Saturday
evening, the first night out I've had since the birth
of our beautiful baby boy, Flynn.
was so thrilled to be getting the chance to catch Brian
playing live again, the last time being at the Manchester
Academy when I was heavily pregnant last year! .I arrived
at the Manchester Bridgewater Hall, quite a large modern
venue, and immediately got those lovely butterfly feelings
that I get when I go to see a Brian Kennedy show!. Tingling
with excitement I took to my seat, just four rows from
the front of the stage. It was great to be entertained
first of all by the lovely Don Mescall, who came across
as a very grounded, deep and sensitive singer songwriter.
But then it was time for what we were all waiting for...
sat with my heart pounding, wondering what Brian would
open the show with. The music started up, a brand new
track from 'Homebird' ...the great up-tempo 'What you
wish for' which got everyone in the mood!
was his usual witty self, which is what I love about
his shows, no matter how many people he is performing
in front of, he always manages to connect to every single
person, something that he is able to do through being
so down to earth, honest and sensitive.
Brian has often described his shows as a rollercoaster
ride of emotions, and I have to say they are! ... one
moment I'm feeling Brian's hurt and rejection through
the moving lyrics of 'The Ballad Of Killaloe', then
he takes us off to another level 'turning
the dial on the radio!!' and managing to still sing
about his experience of unrequited love, but with a
sense of humour singing the gorgeous 'Dry your eyes
mate' and the fantastically depressing 'Heaven knows
I'm miserable now'!... really clever and funny!!
As well as all the old favourites we were treated to
a few of the new tracks off the new album, the truly
beautiful 'Silver hearts on chains', 'Homebird' the
title song from the CD, and 'Every Song Is a Cry For
Love', Brian's Eurovision entry which seems to have
won him so many new fans. It was lovely to listen to
people chatting about how they had recently discovered
Brian's voice. I felt privileged and lucky to say that
I first discovered Brian's voice over 13 years ago,
although it doesn't really matter at what stage you
have joined Brian on his musical journey, what matters
is that we are lucky enough to have him share his beautiful
talents with us all.
Raise Me Up' was` the final breathtaking performance,
leaving everyone completely moved and if anything like
me covered in goose bumps!!!.Then as if Brian hadn't
given enough of himself already, he continued to
be the warm, special person he is, by spending time
with each and every person there, signing CDs, having
photographs taken and generally chatting away making
us all feel valued. Being the quite shy person that
I am, I did what I usually do, just said 'Hello' and
smiled while everything else I had to say drained out
of my mind! Typical!!! I managed to thank Brian for
signing my dog eared copy of 'Roman Song' [which I've
read 3 times now!] As I walked away and left the venue
through the large glass doors, the cold evening air
wrapped itself around me as if it was waiting for my
reaction, but I just stood indifferent to the change
in temperature, still warm inside from the magic and
pure beauty that is a Brian Kennedy show!!! What an
amazing night! Thankyou Brian.
I just wanted to pass on my comments about Brian at
the Bridgewater Hall with his special guest artist Don
Mescall. It was a fantastic evening and mesmerising
from beginning to end. Thank so much for making
an appearance afterwards and spending well over an hour
signing CDs etc.
was absolutely gutted because when I was next in line
to see Brian the "security guard" said to
me "no more photos" so I was upset not to
be able to have my picture taken with him & this
sort of put a dampener on what was a magical evening.
And even more annoying was most people afterwards ignored
this and carried on having their photo taken. Hopefully
at another concert I may be fortunate enough to have
my photo taken with Brian. Still Brian was kind enough
also to sign our tickets to my mum Kathleen, who was
also at the concert.
so looking forward to Brian's (and Don Mescall's, who
was stunning) next appearance in the area. Best Wishes.
Hi Brian, You did my home city proud!! What a
fantastic day and a wonderful concert. You looked
stunning as usual despite the white bread and chips!!!
I have only one complaint, it went by far too quickly!!
The old favourites and all those new ones on Homebird
to get stuck into!!! Marvellous!!
had come down from the Skipton Hills and brought a new
fan of yours with me (Bev), it was her first time and
she can't wait to come to another show.
Eurovision, I was in Turkey so I was cheering you on
from there and spreading the BK word. Anyhow, back up
safely in the Yorkshire Dales with our copies of Homebird
so we will be playing them loud and proud in the hills.
Lots of love Deborah x