Friday, 30 March 2012

M Ward @ The Leicester Square Theatre & 'A Wasteland Companion' Stream

Last week I had the pleasure of seeing M Ward play at the Leicester Square theatre in London. Anyone who has ever been there will know it's a pretty intimate venue so I always knew this was going to be a bit of an extra special opportunity to see the maestro at work.

Over the course of the show we were treated to a mixture of his classics mixed with a sprinkle of songs from his soon to be released album, A Wasteland Companion. No backing band meant fairly stripped down renditions of songs; 'Me and My Shadow' sounded almost like a different song compared to the album version. 'Poor Boy, Minor Key' sounded divine as did 'Helicopter' and the awesome looking 'Duet for Guitars #3' where he gets his fingers into the kind of shapes that would make many a guitarist weep.

As with all good shows, it was over too fast. I've seen M Ward play 3 times now and each time has been an absolute pleasure. I highly recommend you listen to his new album which is streaming for a limited time over on NPR.  I'll write more on that soon.

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