James Blunt at Portsmouth Guildhall

James Blunt
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Once in a while you go to a gig and one song, one moment during the evening makes you realise that the ticket was money well spent.

I had one of those moments during James Blunt’s performance at the Guildhall on Friday.

Most of us are aware of his privileged life; Harrow, Sandhurst and Army Captain.

Some know that he went on to make two very successful albums, backed by two world tours; he won two Brits and two Ivor Novello awards.

For many there are also two opposing views of him as an artist.

I came to this show as one of the few trying to occupy the middle ground.

I could have left thinking that some of the upbeat numbers are a bit too ‘Chris de Burgh’ and samey but actually I couldn’t think of anything but the show-stopping performance of Goodbye My Lover.

Sung at a piano with a single spotlight and no band, this was a memorable moment, surprisingly sprung upon us in mid-set.

Sure, he shared all the other big hits.

You’re Beautiful was slipped in unannounced and he encored with Stay the Night and 1973 but for me, one moment stole the show.