Marc Block's Album Launch - Brisk and Breezy - Sunday 9th October 2016
There was only one minor problem - the supplier had failed to get the CDs to Marc on time (they arrived the following morning!). But Marc had put into place an excellent back-up plan, with a sign-up list filling up well.
The first half hour of the night was handed over to Tina Taylor - a Nottingham musician who has working a lot with Marc recently (but not enough to stop him accidentally calling her Tina Turner at one point!). Tina performed songs from some of my favourite songwriters, including Richard Thompson's '1952 Vincent Black Lightning', Jez Lowe's 'Can't Take it with You', and Joni Mitchell's 'Big Yellow Taxi', and ended her set with a great song of her own: 'Some Day'. We really enjoyed Tina's set, and she will be performing at this year's Poppy Folk Day on March 19th.
Then it was over to Marc for the rest of the night. For the first half of his set, he played mostly with his band, giving an upbeat feel with some lively songs: some of his own (Eco Street; Black Dog; Fool for a Face), and some well-known classics (Hard Times of Old England; Summertime; and two Paul Simon songs).
The second half of the set was largely Marc performing solo, with a selection of mostly his own songs (The Moon and My Sisters; Eyes Wide; Two Steps Back; The Old Fool; and My Young Man), but with Dylan's 'High Water Rising' and a lovely rendition of Don McLean's 'Vincent' breaking away from that rule.
An encore of the traditional 'Lowlands' concluded a lovely evening from this superb singer, songwriter and musician. Well done Marc!