Watching Gavin James at the Rescue Rooms left me with one inescapable thought. This man is simply not as appreciated as he should be. The Rescue Rooms is a relatively small venue compared to other stops on the tour such as Shepherds Bush Empire. With this in mind, and the inability of such a talented vocalist and songwriter as Gavin James to sell out such an intimate venue left me speechless.
After a perfectly balanced opening set from his support act and lifelong friend Craig Gallagher, Gavin James appeared on stage (after having asked me personally where the stage was) to perform a rousing set of acoustic numbers, featuring some of his biggest hits – Nervous and Bitter Pill.
It is becoming a rarity in modern music for artists to be able to perform in the manner James does, with a completely stripped back, yet flawless vocal. He has a charming wit on stage and left the audience in the palm of his hand. From the glimpse of new music the audience were shown in “Hearts on Fire” – It cannot be long before Gavin James is a major household name and playing in venues far larger than the ones on this tour.