ST PAULS LIFESTYLE ONLINE MAGAZINE REVIEW OF NOAH FRANCIS - BOXING OUT OF THE SHADOWS.
June 12, 2013
NOAH FRANCIS - BOXING OUT OF THE SHADOWS.
Noah Francis and his talented band provided a breathtaking performance at The Cellar, Southampton for The Fine Line Project charity gig in aid of Rethink Mental Illness, quickly followed by a private London gig.
The Fine Line Project for Rethink Mentall Illness at Southampton's Cellar.
Headliner, Noah Francis lined up with: Nihan Redford – cello; John Robertson – guitar; Paddy Milner – keys; Peter Hope-Evans – mouth organ; and Pandit Dinesh – percussion.
What can I say? I had an idea that I would enjoy hearing Noah live having already had an emotional response to his soulful music, but nothing prepared me for this. I'm staggered to be honest, that one man can have an almost superhuman ability to express that amount of pure, raw, real feeling. Noah's voice becomes a presence - it flows around you and permeates your being. It's not just the hairs that stand up on end, it's every cell in your body. I had to place my hand on my heart physically throughout the set to make sure it didn't burst out - and Yes, tears did happen - from simply being so moved by his songs.
The musicians on stage with Noah made such an impact on us in the audience - Pandit's spirituality is felt within the sound and his vocals are gorgeous. Tones from the guitar, cello and harmonica complimented the music in such a way I can't help but talk about it. I'm not the only one, for after the audience had recovered their speech from this incredible set, compliments and amazement flowed.
This performance will stay with me for a long long time.
The Troubadour, London.
Following this gig on Saturday night Rose had the privilege of attending a private gig at The Troubadour in London where Noah was singing as a way of a Thankyou to his friends and family.
Here's Rose's view:
"Noah Francis is a phenomonal singer and performer.
What interests me most about him though is what he might do. Having seen him close up in session and performing on two different stages, most recently within a personal environment, I am grappling with the definition of his musical future. This is a good thing because I sense that he has only just started to write it, so it is not predetermined. Crucially, Noah Francis is a well loved man (a characteristic shared with other musical luminaries such as Frank Turner) and seems to be someone who is prepared to take on the shadows of the past and unfalteringly place them in the glare of today.
He has demonstrated personal bravery and intuition tells me he has much within himself to draw upon. This will matter for such strength is the fuel of endeavour and groundbreaking musical aesthetics. Glimpses of this have been seen in his video for Immortal (ft Prodigal Sunn, Shyheim and DJ Coco) as well as moments in The Troubadour gig last night when his personal investment was acute.
With his quality of vocals and emotional capture, Noah Francis could do anything. Add in to this his natural fight and we could see an unleashed creative force that will put power and feeling into rare musical environments, creating soul music which pushes artistic boundaries. I think he's ready for this personal and bare-hearted battle."