Following this sensational start he played a medley of songs patched together consisting of an inspired and wonderful mix of stripped back well-knowns. From U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For to The Animals’ classic, House of the Rising Sun, the way he makes these flow so effortlessly into each other as one is just sublime. Yes, medleys do this I know but you just watch Luke play this live and you’ll see something different; something special. Always refreshing to see.
Naturally, many of the songs are about being young and growing up and yet they are written with a reflective maturity that can grab a hold of listeners of any age or at any stage in their lives. For instance, How Does It Feel is about kids growing up and going off into the world to live their lives, but written from the perspective of the parent. It is heartfelt and poignant with a beautifully gentle melody no doubt emphasised all the more when experienced live. Enticing a knowing smile, it features mentions about the things all parents warn their children not to do but things they did and do themselves.
As high as the quality already was, it only increased as the second half kicked off with some rip-roaring riffs courtesy of Fathers Footstep Blues. It was a number that really got the feet and legs a-moving to its deep bluesy rhythm. As if by magic the leagues rolled by on the trail of those riffs with Luke’s dexterous guitar playing fuelling the travel. We weren’t in Rugby anymore but in some dusty blues bar across the Atlantic. It was flawless and so captivating to watch. Whether showcasing more originals from the album like Let It All Out, Big Hill and More Than Boys or playing brand new tunes like the beautiful lamenting love ballad Mary May, everyone was hypnotised by the high calibre of this musical mastermind.
Certainly no stranger to the live circuit, this gig however was a way for Luke to further test his rapturous rapport with an audience. To trial what his headline shows will be like and consist of. He nailed it that’s for sure. Luke has the confidence, charisma and the abilities to do this night after night to growing crowds. It’s pretty obvious this is what’s going to happen. All the more helped along by continuing to open for well known and respected artists like Martyn Joseph, Steve Knightley and Show of Hands, exposing him to greater numbers of people.