When Rivers Meet // Troy Redfern // Live Review // The Brudenell Social Club // Leeds
It’s almost the weekend, and what better way to get it started, then to head to a blues show. Headlining tonight are the incredible duo When Rivers Meet and it’s sure to be a great show.
Starting the night, is one man and his guitar with Troy Redfern. Stepping onto stage in his flared leather pants with his long hair and hat, he looks every bit the rock star that he is. Before getting into his set though he warms up by strumming away on his guitar with twiddling melodies. Before you know it he’s straight into singing to the crowd with tracks including “Scorpio” and “Waiting For Your Love”. Redfern showcases what a talented musician he is as he performs incredible passion and love for his craft. With no band behind him tonight, his gravelly vocals and blues heavy riffs speak for themselves.
As the stage changes over for tonight’s headliners, it’s incredible to see the number of instruments ready to go from masses of guitars to mandolins and violins to a completely clear drum kit and keyboard. The last time I saw When Rivers Meet play it was just Grace and Aaron Bond so to see a full band with them tonight makes it all the more exciting to see them perform. It’s not long before the band take to the stage and kicks things off with “Did I Break The Law”. Right from this moment you can see how much the whole band enjoys being on stage with smiles all around. As expected, Grace and Aaron steal the show with not only their talent but the chemistry that the two share when performing together. Grace’s voice tonight is spectacular as she kills every song from “My Babe” to “Kissing the Sky” while Aaron’s harmonies perfectly compliment her. The show only gets better from here as they play through more tracks from their latest album ‘Saving Grace’ with “Don’t Tell Me Goodbye” and “I Can’t Fight This Feeling”. There are also plenty of more well-known hits with “Bury My Body” and “We Fly Free”. Through all of this, the crowd are enjoying every second that When Rivers Meet have to offer and the band are right there with them. Sadly though the night does need to end but not before we get two more killer tracks from the latest album “Never Coming Home” and “Testify” which are clear fan favourites.
All in all, it’s been a great night of music from Troy Redfern shining on his own to When Rivers Meet elevating their performance with a backing band. If you’re looking for a great blues-rock night out, then this is the tour to see!