Formerly a member of Yachts and The Christians but now solo with his friend Les Glover, Henry Priestman has been a part of the UK music scene since the late 70s and although it’s hard to believe when one witnesses one of his live shows, he’s now sixty. Never.
His visit to Fusion Creative on Saturday gave him the chance to showcase some of his newer material, covering topics as diverse as the uselessness of men and the joys of getting old but he also found time for the Christians’ classic Ideal World. Most of his songs have a wry humour to them but Peace At The End Of The Day, a song dedicated to his late mother and mother in law and Grey Is The New Blonde, showed that he can do tender and moving too.
Swapping gags and banter with each other and with audience members Henry and Les gave a terrific performance filled with wit, humour and humanity and including a master class in how to sing while eating a Locket (other throat sweets are available), a skill possessed by many of the residents of Hull and the North Bank, where it is passed down from father to son as part of their oral tradition.
Highlight of the evening was the gorgeous Valentine Song but it was a set with plenty of variety, including songs of political indignation, about the greed of politicians and Ghosts, a wonderful song about the Hessle Rd fishermen and the loss of the Hull fishing industry. Support came from Josie-Anne Gray who delivered a set of uncompromisingly political poetry.
It was certainly a fantastic night and we understand there are plans to bring Henry Priestman back to Fusion in 2017 to work with the choir and to deliver workshops and a performance as part of their annual festival.
That’s certainly an event to look forward to and there’s lots of great stuff coming up at Fusion, including a circus weekend and a young people’s theatre project for the summer.
With theatre, music, gardening, crafts and lots more every week there’s always something great going on at Fusion. Look out for ukulele sessions – starting soon!
You can find out more at www.fusioncreative.org.uk