Had a good start to the week by winning tickets to see Nerina Pallot at Auntie Annie’s.
I’ve been a fan of hers since 2001 with her criminally under-rated debut album ‘Dear Frustrated Superstar’, which spawned the excellent singles ‘Patience’ and ‘Alien‘
She is probably best known for her 2006 hit ‘Everybody’s Going To War‘ though.
She eventually got round to releasing a follow-up album last year. That’s 3 albums in 8 years. What she lacks in quantity, she makes up in quality.
The support came from a local singer called John D’arcy who i’d never heard of but was very impressed with his witty tales of everyday life, set only to an acoustic guitar. Got his CD afterwards and it is currently on constant repeat in the car.
This was the first time i’d been to a concert at Auntie Annie’s and I didn’t know what to expect, but I enjoyed the intimate nature of the venue, even though the lighting was a nightmare for an amateur photographer.
Nerina came on stage with no bacing band, swapping between her guitar and piano, delivering an endless medly of beautiful songs sung beautifully.
Like John Darcy before her, she entertained the audience with the stories behind the song, moaning about sharing a hotel with Rugby players, visiting a zoo, not visiting Belfast enough and Arsenal getting beat by Blackburn Rovers.
The only complaint, was that ‘Alien’ wasn’t played. I know it sounds a common theme of concerts that I complain about what songs aren’t played, but I can’t help it.
By rights, Nerina Pallot should be playing bigger venues than Auntie Annie’s, but the smaller, more intimate, venue worked so well.
Go see live, and go buy her back catalogue.