Live Review: Newton Faulkner – The Leadmill

I headed down to The Leadmill in Sheffield again on Tuesday evening to see Newton Faulkner perform – I’ve seen him perform before supporting other artists but I haven’t seen him perform a headine show before, so I was rather interested to see what all the fuss was about as I’ve heard good things about his solo shows.

By Jane Howkins

Newton was unaccompanied, with all the instrumentation being performed by the singer-songwriter himself. He is obviously very skilled at guitar playing with a myriad of different guitar types and styles being played over the course of the evening, but he also uses a lot of guitar pedals and midi effects to accompany his songs, with the artist providing his own percussion in the form of a kickdrum. This was all very impressive and seeing Newton create different musical effects on stage from the noise of the crowd was fantastic.

To The Light opened the show up nicely, with the set containing songs from across Newton’s back catalogue. Newcomer Sinking Sand was an interesting track, seeing Newton using a megaphone to sing into, alongside his bluesy guitar licks. There was a lot of crowd participation throughout the set and Newton provided a lot of on-stage banter, showing an artist well versed in warming an audience up. The crowd lapped it up, with many people dancing and clapping along in time.

Whilst the newer songs did go down rather well, older tracks such as Teardrop & Dream Catch Me were obvious fan favourites, as was UFO – Newton performed this song in a different style due to the lack of other musicians/equipment with him and the new version went down well. Several members of the audience requested Newton to remove his shows (he is well known for performing without shoes) and he finally removed them during a performance of Gone In The Morning, to cheers from the crowd.

Newton Faulkner put on a fantastic performance at The Leadmill and I would highly recommend fans of his work go and see him perform live if they haven’t done so already. The effort he puts into his live shows is immense and he puts on a fantastic show for the fans – he also seems to change his setlist for each show, which is an added bonus for regular gig goers.