A big thank you to Martin for writing this review!
Well, let me start off by saying that this was my first visit to Manchester Cathedral, and very impressive it is too. I've always preferred the smaller, more intimate gigs, and despite it's loftiness, the venue conveys that feel 100%. I was also lucky enough to secure a front row seat, which was amazing.
I'd not been to see Bill Ryder-Jones solo previously, despite having bought his first two albums. In addition to that I've also just finished reading Italo Calvino's "If On A Winter's Night A Traveller" so this really was a double treat for me.
The gig follows the album through, song by song, with linking narration taken from the novel provided by none other than actor John Simm. As this was the first time I'd heard "If" since reading the novel, I have to say that I did get a lot more out of it. A a wry smile crossed my face on many occasions as I realised what a particular line meant! I won't spoil any details here, but I would seriously suggest you read the novel if you haven't done so already, and then listen to the album again. Be warned though, it messes with your head a bit!