Review + Photography by John McEvoy

As Glenn Tilbrook says in his promotion for this tour, “It’s shameful that in the 21st century people can’t afford to put food on the table”. This tour is intended to raise awareness of this sad situation and all proceeds from his 4 track EP and merchandise are being given to The Trussell Trust, who are working hard to try and make life better for a lot of people. His tour is currently covering the length and breadth of the UK and runs right through to April 2019. Full details of forthcoming dates are here.

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Lennon and McCartney, Jagger and Richards are rightly considered to be some of the greatest writers of modern times, and it would be no exaggeration to say that Difford and Tilbrook should also be included in this illustrious line up. Difford’s wonderful lyrics set along side Tilbrook’s music have given us some songs that will stand the test of time, and if this gig was anything to go by they are still loved as much as ever.

This was a Glenn Tilbrook one man acoustic show, and for 90 minutes he showed that not only is he a great guitarist, age has been kind to him in that his voice sounds as good as it’s always been. He kicked of the set with tunes from his new EP along with a smattering of tracks from his back catalogue including his last solo album ‘Happy Ending’ released in 2014.

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Clearly enjoying himself on stage, he immediately built a rapport with the audience reminding everyone “It’s Friday night, let’s have a good time!” Not only did he cover his solo output, he also delivered a great version of Dave Edmunds ‘I Hear You knocking’, and his version of The Kinks’ ’Tired of Waiting for You’ would I’m sure, have been approved by Ray Davies.

However there’s no getting away from it, the crowd in the Brudenell were of course waiting for the Squeeze tunes, and again he didn’t disappoint. For the first hour he dropped in a ‘Up the Junction’ along with ‘Labelled with Love’. At one point when chatting to the audience someone shouted out ‘Cool for Cats’. His response was, ‘If you want to hear it, you get yourself on stage and sing it!’ Naturally there were a few takers, and someone called Janet took the plunge, but then probably thought better of it. It was left to a guy called Graham to get on stage, and to be fair he deftly delivered the first minute or so of the tune with great style.

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After that it was wall to wall Squeeze tunes, and even though this was a one man acoustic show this didn’t lessen the quality of the tune, ‘Black coffee in bed’, ‘Pulling Mussels’, ‘Another nail in my heart’ showed just how good the Difford and Tilbrook partnership was and indeed continues to this day.

The encore featured ‘Tempted’, ‘Take me I’m yours’, and the evening was brought to a close with the classic ‘Goodbye Girl’.

It was an absolute pleasure to be at this gig, and there’s still plenty of time to catch this solo set. If you can, make sure you take some spare change along, or alternatively donations of tin of food etc will be very welcome. As he rightly said during the evening, it’s disgraceful that food banks exist in the first place in this country and if this tour makes a small difference then it’s well worth it as far as I’m concerned.

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