Review: The Revival Tour, Rescue Rooms by Matthew Smith
AFTER winning over numerous fans last year with his acoustic tour, Chuck Ragan rolled back in to Nottingham for the Revival Tour, now in its fourth year, where he was joined by Corey Branan, Emily Barker, Rocky Votolato and Jay Malinowski.
Branan opened and played his raw melodies with passion, although it was to a subdued crowd.
Barker fared better, taking to the setting with ease and delivering soaring harmonies that went down a treat.
Malinowski's solo style is quite a departure from his work with Canadian reggae band Bedouin Soundclash, veering from sweet and soulful to, at times, sorrowful.
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With Thursday night's gig being his first time in Nottingham, penultimate act Rocky Votolato drew a lot of attention but it was tour creator Ragan who was the most fitting headliner.
His upbeat country and folk punk prompted singalongs, hand claps and foot stomps aplenty, as he sped through a set that included Rotterdam and Done and Done.
As is the tradition, it ended with all musicians back on stage for a full band singalong.
Here's to next year.