|02-Aug-2008 12:45 am||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
On the night of his birthday, Joshua Bartholomew hosted an evening of music in the back room of the Supermarket. The night started with Joshua, Serena Pruyn and Nick Lesyk from Oliver Black, and Trevor Howard taking turns playing acoustic numbers. Then after a short break, Joshua returned with his band and performed a full set. I guess if you love what you do, performing on your birthday and entertaining your friends is as good a way as any to celebrate.
Joshua BartholomewThe crowd at Supermarket was fairly subdued, with everyone seated at tables that filled the back room, and a few more tables of spill-over in the main room. I haven't seen this configuration at Supermarket before, but a friend of mine said it has been setup like this every time she's been there, so clearly it just depends on what night or what bands are playing. The setup worked well with Joshua's music, with the candles on the tables, and perfect line-of-sight for photographers (of which there were quite a few) from anywhere in the room.
His style is on the mellower side of rock mixed with plenty of soul-based vocals, and emphasized with a few good moments of screaming guitar. Despite his obvious skills on the guitar, his most prominent talent is his vocal dexterity, something about which he possesses no fear of using to its full extent. For an extreme example, have a listen to Think Twice (available on MySpace), but for a few less vocal acrobatics, I recommend trying out Little Bit, Long Way (also on his MySpace). Among lots of his own material, he played a very Bartholomew-ized version of Eleanor Rigby, which was a really cool rendition. There was a even a birthday party after the show, with Joshua celebrating with cake and beer. A friendly atmosphere generated by a friendly performer.
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