Many thanks to everyone who came down to the lovely setting of The Victoria and made Tuesday night one of the most enjoyable evenings we’ve put on. Extra special thanks to Charlie Parr, Mellow Peaches and Young Runaways for providing performances that were utterly captivating and a potent reminder of how vital live music is.
Charlie Parr by Pete Ashton
Charlie held the crowd in this palm through his set and his beautiful interpretations of American blues and folk tradition received a rapturous reception. The material from Roustabout and his extensive back catalogue came alive, resonating from his deft fingers and a guitar that seemed to do whatever bidding they desired. The photos, video and even his superb records can’t really capture just how jaw-droppingly awesome his performances are.
Colour by Pete Ashton
Charlie Parr Performing ‘Cheap Wine’
One of the highlights of the evening for me was when Charlie played this heartbreaking number from his album Rooster. Played raw and minimal, it highlights his ability to inhabit a character and touch on the tragedy and beauty of everyday life.
The Victoria feels like the perfect venue for what we do and we plan to put further events there from April. In the meantime, you can catch us on 15 March at the Closedown Party for Flatpack Festival.
All Photos by Pete Ashton unless otherwise noted – you can view more of his wonderful photography on Flickr.
There is a lovely review of the event by Angela Slater and more photos of the event on Birmingham Live!.