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Rated 5 out of 5 by framba91 from Above all expectations 8.30pm, Engine Rooms in Southampton. Finally, after waiting an hour since when we walked into the room, the lights dim and enlighten the stage in blue to welcome Ryan O'Reilly, songwriter right from this city. I had already had the opportunity to see Ryan live at a Sofar event in Winchester, in a much more intimate gig. He's equally at home on stage, self-ironic, introducing himself by mentioning his far more googled Canadian hockey player namesake, who by the way follows him on Spotify, "nice guy". Ryan's voice is scratching and aggressive, the singer knows how to color it by using anger, disappointment or hope, while telling stories through his pieces. He's on stage supported only by his own guitar, and at first it's a little hard overcome the chatter. But his sympathy succeeds in conquering the audience when he presents "the song about that moment when you see on Facebook that your ex is happy and with a new guy, and you ... well, you're looking at the computer." A light-hearted piece for the form in which it is proposed, and for the words plays it has: "he doesn't know the things that I know that you know I know", and capable of stealing a laugh to the public. Precious is "November", one of the very first songs written by Ryan. In it he tells us all the drama of a young singer-songwriter who in order to manage London life used to work as a tour guide at The London Dungeon, having the great desire that his music could serve in the world, but being told "you'll never change the world with the sound of your guitar." Ryan says goodbye and promises a wonderful evening with King Charles. And here he comes, the eccentric Charles emerges on stage with his band, the voluminous hair around the thin face and a golden waistcoat long almost to the knees. He appears without triumph, almost without looking at the audience and going straight to the mic, starting singing immediately. After two or three songs he finally greets us: "How you doin' Southampton?" His pieces, especially those of the first album, are extremely rhythmic, the drums share with bass and keyboards the task of keeping time. King Charles has the chance to show off his guitar skills with the song "Brightest Light", written in collaboration with Mumford & Sons. Engages in solos, which then he passes on as input to the accompanying guitar to find a new melodic sequence to draw on the newly built structure. This looks very good as the members of the band are able to follow and look, allowing the frontman to unearth the notes he is looking for. King Charles's style combines electric guitars with rapped verses. With "Mississippi Isabel" the audience goes wild on the punctuated notes of the keyboard, and Charles continues to enjoy himself and have fun with the fantasies of his guitar. "Ivory Road", "Bam Bam" and "Lady Percy" are a crescendo of rhythmic blasts until harvest "St.Peter's Gate", which begins with the band lined up in a circle, looking at each other. The band then switches to "Carry me home", carried out by the protagonist and his guitar. Surely I was unknown to such a skill of Charles on guitar, and even the ease with which he enjoys inventing and improvising amazes me. Half-time, the audience is pleased but knows that there must be something else. And in fact the "King" is back on stage, alone, to perform "Beating Hearts": it's perhaps the song where the crowd most participates, singing from the beginning to the end. The singer is evidently surprised by this reaction, and asks everyone to sing along on the last chorus, repeating it four times, until he is satisfied with the result. The evening turns towards end with "LoveLust" that delights the audience once again, and with "Lady of the River" and "Loose change for a Boatman", in which the production made in Marcus Mumford is more evident than ever. King Charles leaves the stage saying "Southampton, I will remember you. I haven't had this much fun in a while. " Something happened since he arrived on stage, an hour and a half before, in which barely wanted to say hello. The band is excited, each component greets us from the stage, Charles is clearly amazed and amused, and I haven't seen anyone leave the venue without smiling. Something has happened. Ezio Bosso recently said: "music is a luck we get." Behold, surely tonight we received it, I think no one expected such a brilliant performance, and such involvement. A great fortune being there and experiencing what has happened.
Date published: 2016-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by MadMum from Set my Soul on Fire I have been following Chiarles since I stumbled upon this weird and wonderful creature supporting Charlie Winston at Cargo in 2008. He is an amazing musician and incredunle lyricist whose live performance takes you on a journey with him. He has toned down a bit from the set climbing dreadlock swinging days but is maturing and developing as an artist. Always comes out and greets his fans afterwards and is a beautiful soul. Inspired by God, Love and Girls (but now always in that order) his music really does set your soul on fire.
Date published: 2016-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by Teedee from This guy should be a national treasure Travelled from cockermouth to manchester to see King Charles. What a wonderful gig - the songs from the new album were even better live and his take on a couple of old numbers had the crowd in full voice. How he isn't absolutely massive is beyond me. This may sound a little odd but if Prince was English, had a slight electric folk background then you'd be somewhere near to describing this guy..........only King Charles is way better. Please don't take another 4yrs for album three.
Date published: 2016-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sean94 from The King in his Castle Couldn't miss the opportunity to see King Charles play a one man acoustic set in a castle. Mix of old and new songs, with lots of audience participation. Very atmospheric and could have listened to him all night. Took time to meet fans after the gig. Top bloke!
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jonthegooner from Folk / Rock Royalty at the Engine Rooms! Southampton I have followed King Charles all around the country over the last couple of years from Glastonbury to T in the Park so to be able to see him locally was a real treat. It was my first time at the Engine Rooms and I have to be honest I was really pleasantly surprised by the venue, the price was fair the sound was great and the facilities were first class.......the beer served in cans gave the event a real festival feel. I believe the gig was sold out but there was still a comfortable amount of space available for all, not like some of the other 'sardine tins' that are available locally. King Charles as always was incredible, phenomenal lyricist, musician and song writer and the new album is a real grower. You can definitely hear the Marcus Mumford influence but the essence of the album is most definitely the good King's work. How this man has not risen to greater commercial prominence is totally beyond me. Well done Engine Rooms.......more acts like this please. King Charles......please just keep on keeping on!! #thebrightestlight
Date published: 2016-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rookie from Awesome Apart from getting told doors open at 6:30 and to find out it's an error and its 7:30 was not a great start, to then have the gig start at 8:30 is pretty poor. So apart from that King Charles and Ryan O Reily rocked.
Date published: 2016-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cho from excellent evening I went to tis event with family members having previously seen the band at Standon Calling. Great non -stop music with mixture of old and new material. Friendly band members too!
Date published: 2016-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jacob226 from Best gig of 2016 Went with some mates, absolutely insane! Loved the extended solo in the brightest lights, genuinely one of the best things I have ever heard.
Date published: 2016-03-16