The heart-throb singer hits the road in support of his latest offering and makes a welcome return to Bristol.

Opener Jones, a young soul singer from London, has just released her debut album, New Skin. She has a ready-made crowd with the room being full early in the evening and soon gets into her swing. The short half-hour set lets her voice shine, with drums setting the beat and mellow guitar and keys accompanying her. The crowd clap along in parts and seem to really enjoy the set, but they are largely torn between wanting more, and being hungry for Jack to take to the stage.

Jack Savoretti is back in Bristol almost exactly a year after he was last in the town, this time in support of his new album Sleep No More. The title track from the album sees Jack entering the stage to loud screams from the ladies in the audience. Savoretti’s new album forms the basis for the show, with all tracks from the record included in his set this evening.

Savoretti introduces “Helpless” as a “sad song disguised as a happy song” after a friend had apparently told Jack that he always writes sad songs. It’s an upbeat song nonetheless and breaks the mellow flow of the first half of the show.

On the other hand “I’m Yours” is a lovely song, with some great country-tinged slide guitar playing. In fact, it is not until the eighth song in “Songs From Different Times” before the show moves away from Savoretti’s latest offering. The crowd is very attentive throughout, they hang on every word of every song.

Savoretti’s guitar tech is working hard and earning his pay, as Jack swaps his trusty axe with every number. He has a moment to rest though with Jack singing “Lullaby Loving” sans guitar. Of course “Home” gets the crowd clapping and singing along.

As the show progresses, upbeat numbers like “The Other Side Of Love” and “Start Living In The Moment” prove to be popular with the audience. “Any Other Way” has an almost Johnny Cash vibe infused with some great slide guitar and a country beat.

A song for old friends, “Not Worthy”, is a popular choice too. The wonderful “When We Were Lovers” finishes the set on a high, and leaves the crowd wanting more. The encore duly comes, with Jack taking to the keyboard to play the start of “Only You”, before finishing the song up front and centre of the stage. “Written In Scars” brings the night to a close, with some added backing vocals from the Bristol crowd.

Tonight Jack Savoretti delivered a superb set of two halves. The partisan crowd were left happy, many joining the queue to meet Jack at the merchandise desk afterwards. With such a devoted fan based we can only imagine that Savoretti was there for a long time after the show concluded.

Photos by Becky O’Grady.

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Event Date: 05-Nov-2016

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