SARABETH TUCEK with support from GAVIN OSBORN.
@Thekla (top deck), Bristol. 13/09/11
Reviewed for Listomania Bath
Praise must first be given to those at the good ship Thekla, who have decided to put more artists on in their cosy top deck bar, and also to the man at the sound desk this evening whose attentiveness really adds to the homely, autumnal atmosphere.
Gavin Osborn is a local-ish lad with a nervy charm that belies his over-thirty tag. Not in a mousey Thom Yorke way, he’s more polite than that. He sings humorous tales; of tragic 18th birthday parties, of 77yr old rock gig addicts, of failed robberies, and of ‘breaking up’ with his star player in Championship Manager. He is funny; he does weddings, but also Radio 4. He’s at his best though when laying it all out there in a touching song about his wife.
Some of the simplest things in music are often the most beautiful; Neil Young making three chords sound like a symphony, the opening lines of Sandy Denny’s ‘Who Knows Where the Time Goes?’ Elliot Smith playing hardball with his soul…