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  • Chris Farlie

Kezia Gill / Brian Collins - The Water Rats London

Before reviewing tonights show it is well worth reflecting on what an achievement this tour has been, a UK Americana artist playing a 13 date tour, with an Independent record label w21Records, where each date has been accompanied by the words SOLD OUT. It is one of the few tours in recent memory that has generated its own momentum of publicity and good will, not only for Kezia but for her support Brian Collins - it is a total package tour!

Plans to bring Brian Collins to the UK have been many years in the making, but for the pandemic he would have been gracing the stage at a nearby venue some years earlier. He came armed with a rich catalogue of songs which we will barely dip into tonight, years of stagecraft that would come out during the performance and a secret weapon in Rockwell Jacobs whose inventive embelishments took the perfomance to another level, to the point you could begin to imagine just what it might be like with a full band playing behind Brian.