Review: Andrew Duhon, The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth

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You know things are going to be a little unusual when the act starts off with a blues song, but he tells you that it’s hard to write the blues when your woman ‘keeps treating you right.’

It’s typical of the humour, sometimes pitch black, that runs through the music of the New Orleans singer-songwriter.

His soul-infused songs are full of colourful characters, deeply embroiled in booze, women and religion - a heady mix. Fortunately they also have a knack of lodging in your head after a single listen, and there are plenty of memorable lyrics too - Just Another Beautiful Girl features the killer couplet: ‘Jesus might forgive you, but the preacher he never forgets.’

We also get a couple of choice covers of Sonny Boy Williamson and Sam Cooke.

And there was a surprise appearance from chart and X Factor star Lucy Spraggan - the two met several years ago when she was travelling through the US and have stayed friends since.

While it provided a highpoint, it was one of many in an assured performance.

Here’s hoping he’ll come back to the Square Tower for a third successive year in 2015.