Glastonbury Calling 2017 - The Duncan Batey TrioLive review of the set at The Hawthorns for Glastonbury Calling 2017
Live Review – The Duncan Batey Trio at Glastonbury Calling 2017
Duncan’s voice has been described as ‘Angelic’ by a friend of mine, so I was really looking forward to hearing his collaboration with Dan Shaw on double Bass and Gerry Barnett on Cello. They treated us to an upbeat, energetic set, which had our feel tapping and singing along with treats such as ‘Desire Is’, ‘mixed messages’, and the sleazy ‘Old dog, fast car’, a song about the perils of internet dating, with soaring vocals and Dan and Duncan donning their shades to get into the mood. ‘Home by now’ was a beautiful blend of harmonic vocals and their final song ‘Run’ was mesmerising with Gerry’s beautiful Cello complementing the guitar and bass rhythms.
Playing with Daniel Shaw and Gerry Barnett, Duncan Batey and his band treated the audience to eight dynamic, poignant and upbeat songs. With Duncan on vocals and guitar, Dan on double bass and vocals and Gerry on Cello and vocals the style is alternative indie, deep and resonant. The band clearly enjoyed themselves, and their interaction on stage as they played demonstrated their sense of humour and clear ability to work well together musically. All songs were written and arranged by Duncan, and we were treated to some new material; Little Black Classics and Mixed Messages initially and then the reflective Desire is a Nameless Rose. Blindsided, a well known favourite for local folks, was enjoyable to sing along to, with several of the audience clearly also relishing the chance to join in with the emotive lyrics and catchy tune. The props (sunglasses) worn by the band for the blues track added a touch of fun, and the audience clearly appreciated the racy tune. Finishing their set with Run, a soul-searching, sad and reflective song, the audience showed their appreciation. A thoroughly enjoyable start to my Glastonbury Calling!
Artist: The Duncan Batey Trio
Reviewer: Ann Diment & Lisa Newing
Date: 25th January, 2017