The Real Music Club presents Keith Christmas, The Bonfire Radicals + Mishkin Fitzgerald
Keith sings with a commanding bluesy rasp, keeping time with a tap or stomp of the foot on the stage floor …… proving that real, live music doesn’t need anything too fancy to be totally mesmerising and spellbinding.
“The Brunswick works perfectly as a venue for these intimate nights at the RMC and here was a perfect example as Keith Christmas took his seat on the stage and the lights dimmed over a hushed audience, lit up only by a few flickering candles. Keith immediately had the audience in the palm of his seasoned hand with the assured self confidence that comes from decades of performing, and a natural, intuitive mastery of the guitar. The songs may have been new material for Keith, but when the songs are crafted so personally and performed so passionately then they can be played with the conviction of classic material played the length of his career ….. and equally the audiences attention is locked in and held for the duration as they listen to the man and his song.
“Keith sings with a commanding bluesy rasp, keeping time with a tap or stomp of the foot on the stage floor …… proving that real, live music doesn’t need anything too fancy to be totally mesmerising and spellbinding. You just need well written songs, performed with a real passion for the music, and that passion was at it’ most evident as he leaned forward on his seat to deliver a heart felt tribute to Jeremy Corbyn before launching into When the New Man Comes to Power. Keith seems to be a man with a big humanitarian heart and sees Corbyn as a beacon of hope to end the social inequalities and the vacuous, self serving political system we currently live under ….. “a new dawn, a new hope so get out there and give us a vote!”
“That humanity is further demonstrated on Cross the Water, a song full of empathy to the struggles of an asylum seeker, praising their courage and criticising the lazy and heartless attitudes of those that show no compassion to their plight. Cross the Water also shows off Keith’s craft as a songwriter, combining incisive and emotive lyrics with a simple, catchy chorus, proven by the amounts of people mouthing quietly (or singing along!) the repetitive mantra “Where are you coming from, where are you going to?”
“The hour long set seemed to fly by, even taking Keith by surprise as I think he had to skip a track or two off the intended set list, but he managed to squeeze in an unplugged encore as the sound man fretted about the curfew and both audience and performer were left feeling that special buzz that only real, live music can generate when given the right environment to thrive …… a top class performer / artist and a respectful, attentive audience in just the right setting. Something we pride ourselves on here at the Real Music Club!”