Our Introducing… Featured Artist for December, Singer-Songwriter Gary Quinn was the next highlight of the evening teaming up with Luke Thomas for backing vocals and guitar. Armed with just acoustic guitars, a fantastic playlist and a microphones this was all Quinn needed to capture the audience. Opening with Live Each Day Quinn performed many songs from his recently self-titled album Gary Quinn with a mixture of slow and up tempo numbers.
A Personal highlight was getting a dedication with the song The Power of Me and You a song which Quinn knows I find remarkable; though bias I’m sure all who were there will agree but trust me on this, as with all other songs, performed at an extremely high class level. Throughout his performance Quinn laughed and joked with the audience making the whole set a more personal experience. Quinn was awarded UK Song of the Year by the BCMA with He Don’t Show Her Anymore and this was the song he end his incredible set with.
Be sure to check out the Acoustic Session that Gary Quinn did teaming up with UKCM friends 2Country.NET – Stunning!
Live Review. The Grand Union Songwriters Evening. Bush Hall
Singer-songwriter Gary Quinn opened his set with Live Each Day, a song with beautifully penned, relatable lyrics. An acoustic set up, with just himself and his guitarist Luke Thomas, he offered a modern country rock sound. The set included slower tempo songs Rewind and A Day I Find Love, both which showcased stunning vocals.
On Your Way Out, an up tempo number with an impressive guitar instrumental, received the biggest cheer of the set. Another favourite was the penultimate Dodge Your Bullet, a song with elements of pop and indie, and with potential to crossover into mainstream.
Gary added his own blend of humour and personal anecdotes between songs and this only enhanced the atmosphere. We knew little about Gary Quinn before tonight, yet his lyrics are all so relatable, it left for a truly enjoyable evening. His amazing songwriting abilities have also been recognised by the prestigious UK songwriting competition. His set appeared to be cut short, and he finished with yet more stunning vocals on ballad, He Don’t Show Her Anyone. All of his songs are from his self titled album, which was released earlier this year and is well worth buying!
Grand Union Songwriter's Evening - 10th November
Last night saw the highly anticipated Grand Union Songwriter’s Evening held at Bush Hall in London. I had never been to a concert at Bush Hall before so was initially unsure what the venue would be like. From the outside it looks quite run-down but from the inside it is a lot better and the high ceilings really help the acoustics. The doors opened at 7:30pm and there already seemed to be a buzz in a crowd excited to hearing British country music showcased in such a way.
Gary Quinn then took the stage. With just himself and another guitarist, Gary’s set was the most stripped back of the night instrumentally but that just added to his performance. He has a great deep tone and is a very talented songwriter. In my opinion Gary always delivers a very emotive performance throughout his set and certainly plays to his strengths. I recently reviewed Gary's album and found at the time my favourite track was He Don't Show Her Anymore. This stayed the same for me out of his set, it is a very touching song and as I mentioned previously Gary's emotive performance adds another dynamic to it, as well as having the stripped back instrumentalisation.