Brandi Carlile made a triumphant return to Manchester gracing the Academy with an amazing performance she has accustomed the English crowds since the Borderline show in November 2007. Brandi Carlile opened with the cover of Elton John’s Sixty Years On with cello player Josh Neumann. After the enthusiastic reception from the always knowlegeable Mancunian audience, the full band kicked in great song after another, including a fabulous unplugged performance of Dying day on the edge of the stage.
A gentle rendition of Oh Dear followed with Brandi Carlile and the twins gathered around one microphone. The band looked very sharp on stage and in the mood of sharing jokes and anecdotes with the delighted fans who loudly responded.
The show took a rockier edge with the powerful My Song and Creep. Elton John has always been an immense inspiration to Brandi’s music and the spirited cover of Madman accross the water is just another brilliant example of how Brandi Carlile turned someone else’s (and not anybody’s) song into her own. The rest of the band made significant contributions as well with Tim Hanseroth and Josh Neumann giving sharp solos during the instrumental parts backed by the impeccable rythm of New York-based drummer, Allison Miller who has notably played with legendeary singer Ani DiFranco. Turpentine gave the audience the opportunity to sing along during the beautiful three-part harmony, which the band heartedly appreciated. Brandi kept the good vibes going on with her most famous song, The Story which sent the crowd into the frenzy. The band deserved a well-deserved ovation but it would be far from being over as Brandi said herself after coming back for the encore “We’re just getting started”. It would not also be a Brandi Carlile show without hearing Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues during which underrated guitar player Tim Hanseroth could display his skills with a long guitar solo full of touch and energy. The band ended its strong and convincing show with the amazing Pride and joy.
Starting slowly, the momentum gets stronger and stronger leading into the breathless finish of this very unique song in Brandi’s repertoire, featuring an intense and electrifying guitar duel that has become one of the signature moments of a Brandi Carlile show.
The band has built a solid and consistently-growing fan base in the UK on the strength of incredible performances and this latest show added to the long tradition of the city of Manchester getting the best from a band.
The English five-piece band based in Bath, Kill It Kid, offered a nice introduction to Brandi Carlile. Chirs Turpin, the leader of the band displayed his uncommon voice upon engaging songs while his talented sister Stephanie brought her contagious enthusiasm.