Live review: Rag 'n' Bone Man @ Town Hall, Birmingham (07/02/18)
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After a summer full of festivals and being in the limelight, Rag 'n' Bone Man strips back his music in a one-off show, in the intimate Birmingham Town Hall of 600 people. People came from all across the region to the 'invite-only' occassion, trudging through the freezing city to see Rag 'n' Bone Man perform on a Wednesday night. The whole event made everyone feel important, flashing their ID's and being ticked off of the 'list'. The whole night was hauntingly beautiful. The venue reflected the performance and vice versa. After a short introduction by Absolute Radio, on-poured his live band, but not just a regular band of guitars and drums; a trumpeter, keyboardist and a female backing singer that added that extra funk and blues to his music. Rag 'n' Bone Man aka Rory Graham, took to the stage opening with 'Wolves', a track from his earlier work that shouldn't be forgotten and overshadowed by Human. Throughout the night, Rory constantly checks his audience are ok and still with him on "a school night." Three songs into his set, he apologises for slipping up during 'Ego', explaining that he's just recovered from a cold. "You don't want to hear my excuses" he adds before this inevitable response from the crowd: "YOU'RE ONLY HUMAN!" This lead to a look on Rory's face that can only mean "I should've know that was coming." Rag 'n' Bone Man remains humble through this exclusive night, constantly giving anecdotes to his songs and responding to the audience's random injections between songs.
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