Since the age of 15, Rag‘n’Bone Man, or Rory Graham, has delved into several territories of music and genres including Hip Hop and Drum and Bass. Though these ventures didn’t lead to much commercial success, it is clear to see that his understanding and appreciation for music has benefited him greatly during his performance tonight.
Graham is an immensely talented musician and performer. His vocal range is something of sheer brilliance, and when combined with his modest, almost shy onstage presence, brings an astonishing warmth to his performance. The energy created between the members of the band is one of pure joy, giving a real sense that their hearts are 100% in it.
As the night joyfully drifts through the setlist, crowd-pleasers such as ‘Hard Came the Rain’ and ‘Healed’ dazzle all present. As a venue the Old Fire Station is acoustically pleasing, which assists a great set. Between each song Rory persistently asks if the crowd are still “good”, as if they were going to be any different. Everyone present understands that they are witnessing something special. Accompanying his constant give and take from the audience are sentimental explanations as to what song he will play next and why he wrote it. Though this may sound slightly tedious, it isn’t at all- in fact it’s reassuring to see a musician playing their songs and knowing full well that every word, every note holds purpose.
The introduction of huge single ‘Human’ is the icing on the cake for this show. A back to basics performance from a genuinely honest musician. It’s massively clichéd to say, but “watch this space”- 2017 is sure to see Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and his peers soar to great heights.
Words by Alec Larkin