Savoretti shows diverse influences

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Jack Savoretti

Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Despite a certain young whippersnapper called Jake Bugg grabbing all the headlines recently, Jack Savoretti pulled a sizeable crowd at the Wedgewood Rooms.

It was a busy night for the London-born troubadour as he, along with his band, The Dirty Romances, also squeezed in a short set at The Pie and Vinyl in Southsea.

On tour to promote new album Before The Storm, Jack was in fine form. During the single Take Me Home, his husky voice at first reminded me of Paolo Nutini. However, in the solo section of the show that he showed his diversity, leaning more towards Bob Dylan, and earning more brownie points (from me, anyway) with a fine version of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire.

The band soon returned and showed more diverse influences from the 1960s pop to rockabilly shuffle and gospel.

Jack Savoretti may well be music’s best kept secret, but – on tonight’s performance – I suggest not for much longer.