Sunday, 11 June 2017
Ward Thomas -Roadmender Northampton
Nice to have a local trip in Northampton for a change ! In fact this gig should have taken place last week but was cancelled as a market of respect following the Manchester terrorist attack. I wasn't sure quite what to expect as it was Marina who was very keen to see Ward Thomas. But before more about them let me tell you about the support band 'The Wandering Hearts'. They are a new band and have signed a record deal with Decca Records it has been announced. The group will release their debut single 'Wish I Could' on 5th May 2017.Mixing folk and Americana into their music, The Wandering Hearts – AJ, Chess, Tim and Tara – keep their British roots at the heart of their music. Their harmonies and pop sensibility has seen them compared to Fleetwood Mac. They went down well with a very mixed age audience playing about seven songs. Looks like a busy time coming up for the band with a new debut album being recorded and playing at many festivals during the Summer. They looked like they were having a great tome too and look destined for a bright future. Ward Thomas are a British modern country music duo, composed of 23 year old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas (born 28 March 1994) from Hampshire. They have a distinctive American sound yet still remain indefinably British. The only song of theirs I was familiar with prior to seeing them live was 'Cartwheels' which has been getting airplay. The album 'Cartwheels' was released 2nd September 2016 and reached number 1 in the UK charts. On 9th July 2017 Ward Thomas can be seen supporting Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in London's Hyde Park. Before that they are at Glastonbury along with a host of other high profile festival dates during the Summer. For me, Ward Thomas really come into their own and find their strengths with the ballads and they have an undeniable talent which will see them fill much bigger venues than the Roadmender. Which incidentally was as packed as I can ever recall it! Towards the end of the show, the band congregated in the middle of the stage for an acoustic section, inspired by 'The Dixie Chicks' who they saw perform a similar thing in Australia. which included performances of ‘Proof and ‘I Believe In You’ which definitely worked for them too.