Lively, unique and relaxing – singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey fills an incredibly intimate Brighton church.
Being more familiar with metal and hard rock shows, I knew Nick Mulvey’s performance at St. George’s Church in Brighton was going to be something a little different to what I’m used to. Entering the venue, I was greeted by row after row of pews, dappled by soft blue and pinkish lighting, with a small bar, and a large balcony running around the perimeter of the church.
Opening with dialogue about the refugee crisis, Mulvey got the songs started with We Are Never Apart and then Myela, both gently warming up the crowd. Despite seeming timid at first, the congregation were quickly stirred into song by the Cambridge singer-songwriter’s warm and humble demeanour, with Unconditional and Transform Your Game both receiving large amounts of audience participation.
With the crowd now sitting in the palm of his hand, Nick Mulvey took a short break, allowing the audience to relax with food and drink in the intimate venue, which was incredibly well prepared for a gig in such a small church. Following the interval, well-known favourite Cucurucu was played and the entire atmosphere completely relaxed and focussed on the one man just in front of the alter. This track, in particular, allowed Mulvey to show off what he, partnered with the venue could do. Standing at the top balcony opposite the stage was an amazing experience (check my photos for the view) as the acoustics of the church reflected the sound astonishingly well and delivered a remarkable, reverberated sound.
“I called this the In Your Hands tour because… I’m going to stage dive…” joked Mulvey, the crowd chuckling while he began to play my personal favourite of the night, In Your Hands, succeeded by The Trellis and Remembering. This humour ran throughout the set, accentuating the music perfectly. Taking it up a level, Juramidam kept the set turning and the lively crowd responded well, clapping in time and singing along. It has to be said that the way that Nick works the crowd is outstanding, every member was smiling from ear to ear, and even I myself was a newly secured Mulvey-fan by this point.
Fever To The Form was welcomed by a huge cheer, but before long we were onto the encore in the form of Mountain To Move. The entire gig flew past way too fast, and was a thoroughly enjoyable surprise, opening my eyes to Nick Mulvey and his uniquely African-inspired acoustic style – I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes and ears open for his work to come.
4.5/5 Bytes. Fraser Wakeling.
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