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Bannerman's Edinburgh
14th August 2015

Ian Sutherland

ian sutherland

eric martin

Scottish three piece Tergazzi are used to tearing up the stage with their melodic/classic rock vibe but they had to admit tonight that they were out of their comfort zone. Asked to do an acoustic set as headliner Eric Martin was going unplugged, this was the first time they had tried this in front of an audience but in the end they coped admirably.

I'm sure guitarist/singer Andy Bremner missed the tones of his usual flying V but he and bass player Dawn R Cumming kept the energy levels high and drummer Steve Lafferty made the most of the cajon box drum which was both his instrument and his seat for the proceedings.

Finishing with the catchy 'Rock And Roll' (not THAT one, an original tune) they were well received and with more gigs on the horizon can only go from strength to strength. I expect them to be a bit louder next time I see them though!

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Sheffield singer/songwriter Simon Kaviani was next up and he turned out to be a likeable guy with a warm manner and a nice voice. With just the voice and guitar it's not easy to cut through to a crowd as a support act but he managed very well through his set of original material and ended on a high with an excellent cover of Thin Lizzy's 'Dancing In The Moonlight'.

Edinburgh's Bannerman's is a cosy little cave of a venue and was packed with an expectant crowd for this much delayed show from the voice of Mr Big himself, Eric Martin (the original tour in December had been postponed).

Things were hot and sweaty already by the time the gig even started as it was a rare warm night in Scotland's capital and the temperature in the room may have had something to do with some technical issues that had to be overcome at the start of the show.

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These were managed with grace and humour from the stage though and soon enough the veteran rock frontman was showing us that he not only still has on stage presence but the years have been very kind to his voice. That soulful rasp with the rock edge is still going strong and armed with just that and an acoustic guitar he charmed his way through a set based mostly around his Mr Big years.

Mixing up stories from his years in rock and roll (including an affectionate one about Mr Big drummer Pat Torpey who is suffering from Parkinson's Disease) with some playing and singing of real quality even the more obscure songs he threw in to the set received a warm welcome.

Later in the set he invites support man Simon Kaviani to join him onstage and fill out the sound for some of the rockier and better known songs from those Mr Big years. The inevitable sing alongs to 'Wild World' and 'To Be With You' are handled beautifully by both artist and crowd and their version of 'Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy' showed once again that two acoustic guitars can still rock.

All too soon it was all over but it was lovely to see Mr Martin spending so much time after his set mingling with the crowd for autographs, photos, drinks and chats. This was a fabulous evening of quality music delivered by a man full of charisma, humour and above all vocal talent. Well worth the wait.




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