Sunday, 31 August 2014

Caught Live: Pete Kent & Megan Reece @ The Robin 27/08/14

Pete Kent thrilled a healthy Wednesday night audience at The Robin 2
#750: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It was only natural that following his eye catching performance at the 2014 Brewood Music Festival and ELOBF's somewhat glowing recent review of his debut album "Sands Of Time" that Yours Truly KJS would venture out to local venue The Robin 2 last Wednesday [27th August] to see ace local finger style guitarist Pete Kent headlining his own gig.
Megan Reece delivered a stunning support set
First up on the night was provided by Megan Reece with a little help from her friends Chris Nicholls [guitar]; Rian Harris [backing vocals] and Jen Lali [also backing vocals]. And, with an impressive roster of her own compositions and some nice covers, Megan more than entertained those assembled with her own articulate versions of "Finally" [Ce Ce Peniston], "Jealous Heart" [Les Paul & Mary Ford] and "I'd Rather Go Blind" [Etta James] as well as her very own "Dreams", "I Don't Think So", "We're Here Again" and the rather classy "Unheard".

And what of Pete Kent? The Wolverhampton based guitarist delivered a varied and, indeed, stunning set of his unique interpretations of songs by such wide ranging artistes as The Beatles, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, The Who, The Kinks, Blue Oyster Cult and Level 42. Add to that his own material from "Sands Of Time" including the title track and "Postman's Knock", a TV theme medley and an astonishing duet with fifteen [15] year old Tom Rushton entitled "Tamacun" [Rodrigo y Gabriela] and you can well imagine an amazing night of guitar craft. I counted at least twenty [25] different songs played by Pete during the evening with my personal faves being his wonderful cover of "The Way It Is" [Bruce Hornsby & The Range], "Don't Fear The Reaper", "Eleanor Rigby" and [naturally] "Something About You" [recently endorsed by none other than Mark King]. All in all, an intimate and highly enjoyable gig!
For Alex Nicholson read Megan Reece!
I've now challenged Pete to attempt an interpretation of "Mr. Blue Sky" to go with his famed version of "Don't Bring Me Down" at some point in the future too! You can find out more about what Pete Kent is up to via his official web site thus:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Pete Kent to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-Aug-2014

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