Any­thing but sleepy: Ho­race Andy de­fies his tag at Bois­dale

The Wharf - - Canary Wharf - Jon Massey 2018 has seen Bois­dale step up its game with a di­verse se­lec­tion of acts Jon Massey

Anight in Bois­dale Of Ca­nary Wharf gen­er­ally de­liv­ers the un­ex­pected. Whether that’s flavours on the tongue, the ev­er­chang­ing mix­ture of guests or the per­form­ers on stage.

Take, for ex­am­ple, Ho­race Andy. The only singer to ap­pear on all of Mas­sive At­tack’s al­bums com­pleted a five-night res­i­dency at the venue on Fri­day, pre­sent­ing a se­lec­tion of his best known work.

On the penul­ti­mate night – aside from jig­ging about the stage with un­abated en­thu­si­asm for a back cat­a­logue mostly three decades or older – that in­cluded invit­ing a se­lec­tion of mot­ley col­lab­o­ra­tors to sing, ap­par­ently to his band’s be­muse­ment. Sur­prises aside his qua­ver­ing voice rang out de­cry­ing cash as the “route of all evil” in

Money Money (a brave as­ser­tion at the heart of Ca­nary Wharf) and re­claim­ing You Are My An­gel from its trip-hop rein­ven­tion by the Bris­to­lians.

While Andy de­liv­ered the top line with un­fal­ter­ing bril­liance, de­spite an un­wel­come pro­lif­er­a­tion of rewinds, his sweet tones would have been noth­ing with­out the thump­ing drive of Dub Asante Band. Stomp­ing along, chief among the in­fantry­man was the ex­traor­di­nary sparkle of Henry “But­tons” Tenyue, a for­mer UB40 mem­ber now per­form­ing with Matic Horns.

His soft trom­bone and back­ing vo­cals were the foun­da­tion of the night, ty­ing the per­for­mance to­gether and al­low­ing Andy to bop around, ap­par­ently hav­ing the time of his 67-year-old life.

With a suc­ces­sion of res­i­den­cies on its books, 2018 has seen Bois­dale step up its game, at­tract­ing a di­verse se­lec­tion of acts from past present and fu­ture.

While the fes­tive sea­son will be dom­i­nated by a crowd-pleas­ing tribute to Frank Si­na­tra and Dean Martin, it’s great to see the likes of Re­becca Fer­gu­son re­turn­ing for a fort­night in the New Year – a promis­ing opener in the wake of 12 months of un­ex­pected and wel­come pro­gram­ming. Go to bois­dale.co.uk

Not so sleepy – Ho­race Andy kept the tracks and rewinds com­ing dur­ing his res­i­dency at Bois­dale Of Ca­nary Wharf

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