Date: 16th March, 2017
Venue: Tolbooth, Stirling – excellent venue, even with some updating work going on, well run and perfectly organsied. Always a pleasure to attend this theatre.
Concert: Martin Taylor as always excellent. His level of performance has never dipped in my knowledge and he is always the ultimate professional. The music was as we have come to expect, with a lovely little surprise extra for us who love the ‘Spirit of Django’ days.
Martin was solo for the first half, but announced that he had a surprise for us in the second half, when he would joined on stage with some friends. He led us through some lovely numbers, as usual given the ‘Martin Taylor’ twist. The venue lends itself to the intimate feeling and Martin used this to make you feel he was playing for you alone. An excellent first half.
The second half started quietly with a couple of my favourite Martin Taylor tunes, ‘True’ and ‘One Day’, which as always were performed beautifully and I suspect did not leave a dry eye in the house, including Martin! Martin then introduced his guests, ‘Rose Room‘, a Glasgow based group steeped in the french cafe jazz tradition, which Martin grew up in. They played a couple of numbers with Martin and memories of a few years ago came flooding back and Martin seemed to revel in a return to the genre which some would say he had made his own. Certainly a highlight of the night for me. Rose Room returned at the end for the encore and it proved the end to a great night of music.
I recommend seeing Martin Taylor to anyone and would not hesitate to go and see Rose Room at the earliest opportunity. A great night of music!