Nick Mulvey - Manchester Cathedral
Handome troubadour Nick Mulvey graced the magnificent Manchester Cathedral with a joyous set drawn from his much touted debut album First Mind. The Cathedral was the perfect setting for the music - the songs often starting like a whisper until growing into a rousing climax, perfect for the monument's outstanding acoustics. The man himself was charming and affable, his catalogue encompassing elements of Celtic ('Alisa Craig) and Latin influences (the deep heavy percussion in 'Juramidam', or the Bossanova guitar in 'Venus'). This was most definitely a "folk" concert with a difference.
Mid-set the excellent backing band depart, leaving Muley on his own for a trio of acoustic numbers including 'Go Home' and the haunting beauty of 'The Trellis'. Even without his band, Mulvey's performance is captivating, his gorgeous rich vocals lending the songs depth and drama enhanced by the neo-Gothic surroundings.
The band return for the finale which includes the favourites 'Fever to the Form' and the enchanting 'Cucurucu'. The cheers that followed seemed to rise to the flying buttresses hovering above us. It may have been a cold and miserable October day outside, but inside it was all warmth and smiles. A first class performance indeed.
Set list: April / House of Saint Give Me / Meet Me There / Ailsa Craig / Venus / Juramidam / I Don't Want to Go Home / The Trellis / First Mind / Fever to the Form / Cucurucu
Hold On / We're Going Home / Nitrous