Ruarri Joseph brought a little bit of laid back Cornwall to Liverpool on Saturday night. With just him and a friend on stage we were treated to an accoustic set that took us through his fairly large repetoire of songs and which saw him bare his soul on stage as his lyrics mainly come from personal life experience.
With the crowd shouting there admiration to Ruarri throughout the gig, you can see that he is building up a firm group of dedicated followers after taking a break in 2009 and this tour marks his return, complete with new album, Shoulder To The Wheel.
You can see the influences of Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and John Martyn in his music, yet still manages to bring his own originiality and modern twist to this genre of music, mainly through his personality which exudes on stage.
This gig was definitely one to bring out the "happy" in people with his bounce along, toe tapping music covering his three albums. For his finale, he actually asked the audience what they wanted to hear, (a first for me) which gave it more of a personal touch. After a few minutes and a lot of different songs being requested, it was mutally decided on a mellow little number followed by a rare performance of "Tales of Grime and Grit" a totally infectious track that gets not just the toes a tapping but the entire body.
All in all this was an excellent intimate gig and I for one am now hooked on his music
Review by Alison Goggin