Sunday, 15 December 2019

Dawn Landes at Middlesbrough Town Hall

Dawn Landes
Middlesbrough Town Hall
9 December 2019
My first night back on Teesside after a hectic time in London saw the run of December gigs continue in style.

I had become aware of Dawn’s music a couple of years and took the first possible opportunity to see her play when she visited York in 2018.

Then I saw her again at The Sage earlier this year when she was supporting Nick Lowe on his tour. Post-show chat revealed Dawn was coming to Teesside in December, which seemed too good to be true. It was fortunate indeed that the date in question just managed to avoid my time away,

The Courtroom of the Town Hall is an intimate little venue with an interesting history.

The seats at the front are very neatly on the stage itself. 40 or so people were there for the evening. A small crowd, but an appreciate one all the same. After all, it is not often Middlesbrough offers an evening of Americana.

Songs from Meet Me By the River and Bluebird enjoyed an almost equal part of the set list and that meant we were in for an excellent selection, including Bluebird, Try To Make the Fire Burn Again, Bloodhound, Traveling and What Will I Do. There were plenty more songs besides, including I’m Your Mama, Amelia and a particularly good cover of What is the Color of the Soul of a Man.

Jonah Tolchin, who has proved very able support, joined Dawn for a couple of songs at the end of the evening.

It was so good to see Dawn on Teesside and we are looking forward to the next time she comes to the North East.


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