Gilbertville Tour Review
Source: Pocklington Post
19 Feb 2011
I was a fan of Gilbert OíSullivan in the
Seventies, and have always liked his very unique style of songwriting.
Well, the ladís still going strong,
and at 64 years old heís as creative (and as agile!) as ever. His
latest album Gilbertville features many new and exciting tracks, some
of which he played at the concert alongside such classic favourites as
"Clair", "Alone Again Naturally", and "Nothing
His songs fall into three categories:
songs of social observation (even agitation), humour and romance.
Gilbert was joined on stage by his
amazing 11 piece band, including a string quartet.
Mick Parker has been Gilbertís musical
director since 1992, and the easy rapport between the two of them was
clearly evident in performance. The musical arrangements of the songs
were all carefully considered, bringing the very best out of them;
just an acoustic guitar and a shaker were used to accompany Gilbert in
"Happiness Is Me and
You", to great effect.
We were treated to well over two hours
of great music and cheerful banter, with projected footage during some
songs bringing back wonderful memories of more innocent times. Love in
all its forms clearly means a lot to Gilbert, and his moving lyrics
reflect this, from numbers such as "I'm In Love With Love
to "What's In A Kiss?", to name but a few.
An unexpected bonus was seeing footage
of Gilbert singing a duet with the late Peggy Lee back in 1992, not
long before she died- the applause nearly raised the roof!
" I Canít Get Enough Of
You", sang this modest musical maestro, well it was obvious from
the crowds rapturous applause and appreciative cheers throughout, that
York canít get enough of Gilbert OíSullivan!