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Review: Funke and the Two Tone Baby at the Lichfield Guildhall

Lichfield Arts opened its Autumn 2017 season with an evening of music to appeal to the most broad-minded of audiences.

Funke and the Two Tone Baby

Funke and the Two Tone Baby

Local singer and guitarist Amelia Harrison kicked off the concert with a set that belied her tender age.

With a soaring voice, and dextrous guitar playing she held the audience’s attention with songs by the likes of The Beatles, and Cee Lo Green, but the highlights of her set were the guitar instrumentals, Classical Gas and Anji by Davey Graham.

The one man sonic boom box that is Funke and the Two Tone Baby was a completely different proposition, both in terms of sound and performance style.

Dan Turnbull, the singer, songwriter and musical life force behind Funke and The Two Tone Baby played guitar, keyboards, and harmonica, over an increasingly relentless beat of looping pedals and organic sounds. With a lively rhythm, from his own beat-boxing skills, and a soulful, bluesy voice, and some Dylan like harmonica, his incessantly dance filled rhythms had the lively audience going from the first song.

Many of the songs came from his latest release, Balance, with the songs being honed over a season of festivals in 2017 – he even remarked that this was his first gig with a proper roof since April.

His songs ranged from the bluesy inflections of I’m Not Well, the sonic exploration and glitch laden rhythms of Cut the Signal, or the auto-biographical Tales of the Place I Live.

The storytelling song, If You Are Nice To Me, I Will Be Nice, to you called for more understanding in the world, and the set closer of Not Enough Bonobo, Too Much Chimpanzee had the crowd singing along, and a man dressed in a chimpanzee costume on stage with him – something you don’t usually see on the Guildhall stage on a Sunday night!

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