21 April 2015
Reviewed by Craig Young
Despite living in a major Scottish city, we never get much in the way of big artists coming to Dundee to perform. So we were quite excited when we heard Seasick Steve was coming to town. Some might ask who is Seasick Steve, some of my friends did. We’d caught some of his sets previously at T in the Park, the biggest Scottish musical festival. Where he’d played to packed crowds. So we were looking forward to going to see him again.
A lot of people must have been the same, the gig was sold out. And we ventured out on a school night where the queue for Fat Sams Live snaked right round the corner. The pubs in the area packed with fellow concert goers.
The warm up band were called My Baby, a three piece Dutch/New Zealand band who kept the crowd entertained until the main act of the night.
Seasick Steve came on to huge cheers from a full house. Immediately engaging with his audience, making the smaller intimate venue perfect for this type of gig. I’ll be honest, I don’t know much of his music to sing along to, but that didn’t matter in the slightest. Belting out upbeat blues numbers in quick succession, cracking jokes and telling stories in between. Pulling out a variety of bespoke instruments, personalised guitars and including a washboard guitar to create the individual sounds on each track. The crowd LOVED him!
The set included tracks such as Swamp Dog and Summertime Boy, and of course an encore was demanded by his enthused fans, and Steve was happy to oblige, returning to the stage to perform Dog House Boogie and Silver Dagger. An amazing night, the crowd were buzzing whilst exiting, everyone chatting about how good it was.
I would hope to get the chance to go to one of his concerts again, would highly recommend it, even if you didn’t know his music, you would love it.
A top gig from a top artist!
Seasick Steve is currently on tour, for more information or to book tickets visit www.seasicksteve.com.
Fat Sams, 31 S Ward Rd, Dundee, Angus, DD1 1PU