I went along to St George’s last night to hear Tom Robinson.
The venue is usually full but, last night, as I sat
upstairs in the gallery before the concert started, the place was barely
one-third full. Not a very good omen, I thought…
Well, how wrong
can you be!
With only a brief break, Robinson talked and sang for
over two-and-a-hours… about his musical journey, but also about his fight for gay
rights, his fight against fascism… together with some of the stories behind his
songs, the people he met over the years and his appalling treatment by the
Sunday People newspaper.
It proved to be an intimate, entertaining, funny and
poignant evening… Robinson is an excellent communicator (and a very good
musician!). I love the fact that, despite getting banned by the BBC for being “Glad
to be Gay” in 1976, he’s subsequently presented programmes on all seven of the
corporation’s national radio networks! He made a number of references to his age
during the evening… which made me feel a little ancient (he’s a year younger
It was a great evening – the audience was completely captivated
by Robinson from the start (at times, it was almost as if he was sitting in the
corner of a bar talking to friends and playing his guitar).
He’s touring the
show around the country over the course of May; this was the first evening of the
tour… if you get a chance to see him, then I highly recommend that you do so.
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