Anything but sleepy: Horace Andy defies his tag at Boisdale
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