Ashington - White House Social - 28th Sept 2022
So, the evening started with a drive up to Ashington in the sort of rain that seemed determined to erase the memory of the glorious summer we've had. Fortunately, the venue happened to be one of the most convivial there is in the region.
The reason, on what used to be a "school night", Ariel Posen was back in town and that guarantees a great night's entertainment. Not only, but once again, he brought with him Cathal Murphy, a fine, young Irish singer/songwriter who has garnered a fine collection of new numbers since the last tour, a strong brace of EPs [the most recent produced by Ariel in Montreal earlier in the year] and even contributed a gem of a track (Ever Since We Were Young) to Amazon movie - Reavey Brothers
The evening though belonged to Ariel Posen and his band, and if you've not heard of him, get your heads out the sand now as he's the most electrifying, yet laid back songsmith out there. A 5-song barrage reminded Ashington of where things were back in January 2020 when these guys were the last gig at the White House before "you-know-what", and it was met with great applause from the full-house. For the entire evening, Ariel was playing like a man on a mission, between the 2 guitars he had with him, there was sublime slide and (sorry not a guitarist here), some keyboard sounding pedal effect as well as controlled reverb: this guy rates as a "guitarist's guitarist. Then we got a couple of tasters from Ariel's new album, Headway before mixing it up in his genre-spanning groove before the evening had to come to an end with an epic take on Angeline (Familiar Ground).
Think this has been Ariel's 4th visit to Ashington, and while he deserves to be so much better known than he is, just for now, we'll keep it on the downlow, so we can still get him here...
NOT from show:-
Be Enough - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJfprTaA08c
Downtown (full EP) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDU5yXw0bm0
Rest of 2022 tour:-
SEP 29 THU Flower Pot @ 7:30pm Derby, United Kingdom
SEP 30 FRI O2 Academy Islington @ 7:00pm London, United Kingdom
OCT 1 SAT O2 Institute @ 7:00pm Birmingham, United Kingdom
OCT 3 MON Thekla @ 8:00pm Bristol, United Kingdom
OCT 4 TUE Boileroom @ 7:00pm Guildford, United Kingdom
OCT 5 WED Doornroosje @ 7:00pm Nijmegen, Netherlands
OCT 6 THU Effenaar @ 7:00pm Eindhoven, Netherlands
OCT 7 FRI Rotown Rotterdam @ 7:00pm Rotterdam, Netherlands
OCT 8 SAT Tivoli Vredenburg @ 7:00pm Utrecht, Netherlands
OCT 9 SUN De Oosterpoort @ 7:00pm Da Groningen, Netherlands
OCT 11 TUE Jaki @ 7:00pm Köln, Germany
OCT 12 WED Amager Bio @ 7:00pm Copenhagen, Denmark
OCT 13 THU Dexter @ 7:00pm Odense C, Denmark
OCT 14 FRI NOCHTWACHE @ 7:00pm Hamburg, Germany
OCT 15 SAT Privatclub @ 7:00pm Berlin, Germany
NOV 7 MON The Bassment @ 7:00pm Saskatoon, SK, Canada
NOV 8 TUE The Starlite Room @ 7:00pm Edmonton, AB, Canada
NOV 10 THU Biltmore Cabaret @ 7:00pm Vancouver, BC, Canada
NOV 12 SAT Festival Hall @ 7:00pm Calgary, AB, Canada
NOV 14 MON Park Theatre @ 7:00pm Winnipeg, MB, Canada
DEC 3 SAT Salvage Station @ 7:00pm Asheville, NC, United States
DEC 4 SUN Aisle 5 @ 7:00pm Atlanta, GA, United States
DEC 5 MON The Basement East @ 7:00pm Nashville, TN, United States
DEC 7 WED Antone's @ 7:00pm Austin, TX, United States
MAR 10 FRI Krøsset @ 7:00pm Oslo, Norway
When life gives you lemons; don't make lemonade.
Give back the lemons. Why were the lemons free? What's wrong with the lemons?
Do Not trust the lemons...