Live and Unplugged at York Theatre Royal

On Saturday, York Theatre Royal played host to Live and Unplugged, the first event of hopefully many. Although there was a formal line-up, the event felt more like an open mic, with an eclectic mix of York’s performers playing 3-song stints in the theatre’s café bar.

By Graeme Smith

As the name suggests, Live and Unplugged was a quiet, cosy evening of acoustic performances, housed in the stunning surroundings of the recently refurbished York Theatre Royal and compered by Tom Beer, front man of York band Bull. The event was the first of its kind, taking advantage of the current lull before the start of panto season.

Musical performances were mixed in with poetry and folk singing, creating an experience that truly was different from the norm.

The line-up was something of a who’s-who of the York acoustic performing scene, with the additional bonus of an ‘unplugged’ stint by alternative rockers Bull.

As well as original songs, many of the performers included a cover in their 3 song stints and the audience were treated to renditions of cover versions of song by performers as diverse as Men At Work (performed by Dan Webster), Tom McRae (performed by We Are Hannah), Tift Merritt (performed by Mulholland), and a particularly touching version of Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You (performed captivatingly by Rachel Croft).

As the night moved through pop, country and traditional folk singing, it ended with an enthralling instrumental set of Spanish guitar, which proved a suitably mellow end to a pleasant evening.

Live and Unplugged proved to be a great idea, well executed, and we can’t wait to be invited back!

Live and Unplugged took place at York Theatre Royal on Saturday 3 December 2016