Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Uber Cool Barry Adamson at Basement Discs

Barry Adamson - live at Basement Discs 19 June 2008
The first Basement Discs in store for some weeks, Barry Adamson’s short set at lunchtime today was really something special. He is a superb performer, hugely talented and highly entertaining to watch.

Hailing from Britain, Barry Adamson has been around the music scene for years as a band member of Nick Cave‘s Bad Seeds, Magazine and The Birthday Party and has also an extensive solo career as a composer, performer and musician.

He is touring Australia promoting his latest CD Back to the Cat which has been hailed by critics as representing “…A musical odyssey through noir jazz, sun-drenched pop ballads, fractious urban funk, devilish gospel, heavenly blues, and subversive soul ...”

Relying on a laptop computer plugged into the sound system for accompaniment, Barry Adamson sprang into action and delivered one of the best performances I’ve been fortunate enough to witness. He has a charismatic stage presence, with blackly comic between song patter. The music was a scintillating mix of funk, jazz, blues – you name it.

Check out his cool website for more information and listen to /watch some of his music performances.

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