Review: Si Cranstoun at The Cellars

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Lord knows, Steve Pitt has done so much for live music in Portsmouth.

So it was great to see the Cellars boss namechecked in retro king Si Cranstoun’s barnstorming set at the Eastney venue.

Si Cranstoun

Si Cranstoun

Apparently Steve has a soft spot for Sea Cruise - and, after thanking him for his long-standing support, Cranstoun launched into a driving rendition of the Frankie Ford classic.

Cranstoun has come a long way since his busking days in south London, which he celebrates in I Am a Throwback as well as in the joyous Rise and Shine.

Nowadays as well as gigs throughout the UK he tours in America and Australia and has a record contract with Warner.

But he and his band have not forgotten their roots. He declared himself thrilled to be back in the steamy atmosphere of a packed-to-the-rafters Cellars (‘It’s the cosiest gig we ever get to play.’)

His star will undoubtedly continue to rise - and let’s hope that he long continues to keep Portsmouth on his tour list.