Josh Pyke @ Tut’s 01-04-09

April 6, 2009

JOSH PYKE
King Tut’s, Glasgow, April 1 * * *

He may be well-known in his native Australia but in the Northern Hemisphere Josh Pyke is still very much an unknown commodity. His 2007 debut Memories and Dust never quite made the inroads his then label Island had hoped for, but after watching the charismatic and infinitely likeable singer/songwriter perform tonight you get the sense he’s just happy to have the opportunity to play his songs live, regardless of crowd or venue sizes.
It may have been a small turnout for this his fifth appearance in the city but the lack of numbers was more than compensated for by a very vocal and enthusiastic crowd. From the off his heartfelt songs made for easy listening with The Lighthouse Song and Sew My Name providing early highlights.
Performing solo, Pyke happily bantered with punters and throughout managed to avoid the usual pitfalls that can beset the travelling troubadour. On Vibrations In Air the combination of his vivid lyrics and a stirring delivery made for an emotive three minutes, while Middle Of The Hill not surprisingly garnered the biggest reaction, bringing an enjoyable set to its impassioned conclusion.

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