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The Jazz Bar’s crowd on Sunday the 12th August was a bit of a mix. Some were there to listen to the gig. Some were there to have a natter. Paul Gilbody did his best to carry on regardless, but he never truly overcame the banal conversations going on at the back of the room: they both just coexisted. It was a shame, because he’s an excellent performer.

He began his set solo with a loop eventually magnifying his voice into a five-strong backing chorus and beat-box over which he sang. His talent was obvious immediately; there were no faults in the loop, despite its complexity. Next he invited his band onstage, with whom he played a set in promotion of his recent ‘Eponymoose’ EP and his forthcoming album. He impressed with his tuneful vocal acrobatics throughout the set, while his guitar-playing was compelling, particularly during ‘Quicksand’. The band supported him sensitively, always in time and in tune.

There was a clear groove to ‘Naked In The Sea’, which he introduced amusingly in his hushed voice. It’s about trying new things, he said, after going to a nudist beach. ‘Swimming naked in the sea, you feel very small. Well, certain bits of you feel very small.’ His spoken interludes weren’t always completely audible, but they were charming; he smiled to himself at the memory of the Olympics’ 50km ‘comedy walk’ and self-consciously told us where we can buy his EP.

The highlight of the show was undoubtedly the penultimate number, ‘She Loves Sushi’, a silly, relaxed song with bags of personality. The rest of his set was great but there’s definitely something unique and special about the semi-rapped line, ‘Sake maki, tekka maki, cucumber roll’. The band shared goofy smiles and it was a nice moment.

In this set Gilbody proved himself to be a skilled performer and songwriter. He has two more Fringe gigs coming up at The Jazz Bar which are worth attending. However, those looking for a place to chat should note that this skilful performance doesn’t deserve to be shouted over. Any other bar will do for that.

Venue Number 57. The Jazz Bar, 1a Chambers Street, EH1 1HR. 12-19 August 20:30 (1 hour). Suitability: 16+.

The Blurb

From pin-drop delicacy to infectious acoustic grooves that leave you smiling. Described as a dirty Jamiroquai / John Martyn cross-breed, this renowned singer/songwriter's quartet present songs of love and seafood from his debut album.

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