At the weekend, Turin Brakes returned to The Duchess for a fan orientated headline show. They also brought singer/songwriter Tom Speight along for the ride, meaning the almost sold out audience were in for a treat!
By Jane Howkins
Photos by Andy Argyle
For those who don’t know, Tom Speight is a British singer/songwriter who in the past has supported several other household names such as Mumford and Sons, Travis and Jake Bugg, so seems to be destined for big things in the future. His acoustic tracks were beautifully played and warmed the crowd up nicely, with the always popular Little Love and The River garnering much attention. Tom later manned the merchandise stall, providing an opportunity for the audience to meet him.
After a short wait, it was then time for Turin Brakes to take to the stage. One of the first things they did when arriving was to make a joke about Yorkshire, paving the way for some hilarious stage banter throughout the night.
They played a mixture of songs from throughout their history, and the audience seemed to know each one, including modern hits such as Keep Me Around near the beginning of the set, and older favourites such as Future Boy and Pain Killer (Summer Rain). They played with a full band for most of the show, then stripped down to just acoustics in the middle, which provided a nice change in tempo for songs such as We Were Here.
The band also provided two encores instead of the usual one, with old song Forever being a particular favourite from that. One of the interesting things about the night was that it hit home just how many good songs Turin Brakes have, despite having never quite hit the big time as perhaps they should, but hopefully that’s something to change in the future!
All in all, a very good show from a very underrated band, and one not to miss next time they are in town!
Tom Speight and Turin Brakes played at The Duchess on Sunday 6 March 2016