LIVE REVIEW: Fyfe Dangerfield, HMV Institute, 25.09.10

Fyfe Dangerfield took to the stage for the opening night of Birmingham’s newest music venue. The old Sanctuary and Barfly have been revamped to become the HMV Institute in Digbeth. With a carpeted entrance adorned with chandeliers and Fyfe’s gig  located in the smaller rather aptly named “Library” room, the venue is definitely worth a mention.

The smaller venue adds a more intimate feel to the gig, as Fyfe and co. take to the stage and hammer straight into “Faster than the Setting Sun”. This is live music at it’s best as Fyfe proves his frontman status. It is clear that he feels the music, and it’s hard not to get drawn in as he performs a set list primarily from “Fly Yellow Moon”. This self penned album, was written whilst in the midst of a relationship and then breakup. Although he may lose some of the Guillemots fans when he embraces some of the more tender and heartfelt tracks, “Livewire” and “High in the Tide” in particular, it is still hard not to feel penetrated by Fyfe’s world. His voice almost haunting as it resonates throughout the room.

The more upbeat “When You Walk In The Room” and “She Needs Me” get the crowd jigging along, and provide a happy contrast to the more melancholy tracks. A couple of Guillemots tracks are also sprinkled in for good measure and elicit a cheer from the crowd.

The encore includes Fyfe’s version of “She’s Always A Woman”, a track I suspect many in the crowd were waiting for. One man and a guitar make this a truly special moment.

The hour and half set seems over almost as soon as it’s begun. As he closes with a reprise of his first song, the audience really feel that they have come full circle. With talent like this at their helm, it with eager anticipation that we should await Fyfe’s return to The Guillemots and the release of their next album!

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Kim Harrell

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