Turin Brakes@The Convent

We’ve been great fans of Turin Brakes since 2001, when we bought The Optimist on CD.  I think it remains one of the best albums of the noughties.  It was great to have the opportunity to see them perform live at an extraordinary venue, The Convent in South Woodchester.  Toy Tin Soldier, from Glasgow,  provided great support as 200 people crammed into the 18th century chapel.   Later, the Brakes played tracks from their new album, Lost Property, tracks from The Optimist and tracks from every album in between.

Their later material is less focused on the clean acoustic brilliance and powerful vocal harmonies of The Optimist but, the variety of styles throughout the evening worked really well.  Still, the highlights for us were our favourite early Brakes’ tracks: Mind Over Money, Feeling Oblivion and The Underdog.  The audience demanded and were given two encores. A fantastic performance in a mystical setting.


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Wade and Rock are a UK based couple who love good food and wildlife and love travelling to find it. Wade does most, but not all, of the writing and the photography. Rock shares the eating experience and tells Wade when planned posts fall short on sense or style or taste. In the opinion of Wade (and many of our friends) she is also a fabulous baker. WadeandRockandFood mainly consists of reviews of restaurants and pubs we have recently visited. WadeandRockandWildlife and WadeandRockandPlaces are mostly photoblogs.

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