The 'Will Varley' gig at The Venue, Derby, was absolutely fantastic. Having seen him for the first time at The Cropredy Festival this year with his band, I was keen to see him on his solo tour, so when the Derby gig was announced I wasn't going to miss it. His set list takes you through the emotional ringer with songs about 'real life events'... both funny and sad. At times you could hear a pin drop such was the spellbound attention by the audience to his singing... at other times the audience were joining in as loud as he was. It was a night to remember finished off with a rousing encore that left everyone wanting even more. Will Varley writes songs from the heart & mind, and you'd be hard pushed not to relate to them. He's got me hooked such that in a very short space of time I've now bought his entire back catalogue of 5 studio album releases and obtained his 'Live' album at The Shepherd's Bush Empire at the gig. Stand out tracks on the night were:- The Sounds of the Markets Crashing, Newborn, King for a King, Weddings and Wars, The Man Who Fell to Earth and finally Advert Soundtrack. There was so much to enjoy on the night, and his announcement at the end of the night, to spend more time with his new baby daughter leaves you craving his return to the tour scene very soon. I had the chance to briefly chat with Will at the end of the night and he really is a genuinely nice guy, and remembered signing his album 'Spirit of Minnie' for me at Cropredy. He even liked the 'Varley' T-Shirt I had made for this gig. In the meantime I can now disect all 6 albums of his in more detail so I'm ready to join in with the rest of the audience in singing his fantastic lyrics out loud next time. This will be a gig to remember where one man captured a crowd in spectacular fashion ...OUTSTANDING NIGHT..!!!
Some of the most sensitive song writing that you will hear, coupled with performances full of emotion and heartwarming engagement with the audience. Will Varley should be a household name. I hope that he is back soon.