The night Nigel Kennedy played Hendrix at The Bighton Dome

Nigel Kennedy returned to his Brighton birthplace last weekend and put on a show to remember. He wasn't in his usual Classical mode. Instead he was at The Dome to play the music of his idol, Jimi Hendrix. The virtuoso violinist bounded on stage, exchanged fist-pounds with his band and warmed the audience up with ‘Third Stone From The Sun’. The tone was set for a night without vocals and it was clear Kennedy was in a playful mood.

The band blazed into Purple Haze with Kennedy masterfully capturing Hendrix on his electric violin. Renditions of Little Wing and Voodoo Chile swooped and soared, the audience appreciating the fantastic musicianship. Kennedy’s band, many of whom he’s played with for over two decades, were exceptional. Doug Boyle on guitar, who’s toured with Robert Plant, Tomasz Kupiec on bass and Adam Czerwinski who Kennedy stated “makes the drums sing”, and he did. And finally 18-year-old guitar prodigy Julien Buschberger.

After the interval and a little rest for the audiences’ ears Kennedy returned in a different Aston Villa shirt and launched into Foxy Lady and slower acoustic Bartok. The audience broke into cheers when the band launched into Wind Cries Mary and Crosstown Traffic. Kennedy playfully turned Hey Joe’s famous climactic bass riff into an anthem that kept resolving in different places. They encored at the front of the stage with a touching rendition of Django Reinhardt’s ‘Swing 39’ and left the audience wanting more.

Kennedy and his band were clearly in their element and were well chuffed with their well earned standing ovations.

Images kindly supplied Francesca Moore. Please click here to read her review for The Brighton Source.


Posted on 05/12/2016 by Ian Bowden

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