(Friday) January 27, 2017 - 19:30
Barbican Centre - Barbican Centre, Silk Street (Map)
145 people attended
Scottish singer, songwriter and lyricist, Steve Mason presents a unique look back at his sprawling musical career, spanning The Beta Band, King Biscuit Time and his subsequent solo work, performing specially-commissioned new arrangements by composer, arranger and conductor Joe Duddell.
Across his extensive musical output, one constant with Steve Mason’s work is that he has always sought to push the boundaries of what you can do within the pop song structure. Where many of the Beta Band’s contemporaries seemed happy to settle into the tropes of Britpop, Mason was more interested in experimenting with elements of Electronic Music, Folk and Psychedelia, crafting songs that were as subversive as they were anthemic.
More than just a simple retrospective of his music, these new arrangements draw out the depth in his songwriting, with Mason’s full band featuring Steve Duffield (bass), Elliot King (guitar), Darren Morris (keyboards) and Greg Neilson (drums) complemented by strings, harp, brass, percussion and even gospel vocalists, conducted by Joe Duddell.
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