Dan Patlansky - LIVE: Borderline, London 2015

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Dear Silence Thieves Tour
December 5 (20:30 - 21:45)
Capacity 250

2015 has been a year of international success for South African Dan Patlansky, so he chose to end it where it began, at London's Borderline.

Patlansky made his UK debut at the same venue back in April at a gig which served as the official UK launch for his latest album Dear Silence Thieves. But there was more blues to be had before he took the stage, in the shape of the genre's leading anorexia advert Aaron Keylock.

Aaron is a young man in serious need of a hamburger or two. He struts his fretboard magic no less convincingly though, and has some strong material, but his vocals let him down. Having broken onto the scene at the tender age of 13, he got a lot of attention very quickly thanks to his guitar prowess and low year count, and was playing at the Download Festival by the time he was 16. That was all deserved, but with his debut album looming, he would benefit from adopting a similar approach to Kenny Wayne Shepherd and hire a full-time singer.

Dan Patlansky has no such concerns. Possessing both one of the most expressive voices, and faces, in blues, he is as capable a front-man as he is a shredder. And this time he had more room to manoeuvre with his material as well.

The nature of Dan's first show here meant he played almost the whole of the Dear Silence Thieves album, with just a couple of older songs, as the point was to showcase the new material. Having done that, he was free to make his return setlist more comprehensive (after all, back home in South Africa he's released half a dozen other albums). Keeping the brilliant Bring The World To Its Knees and Daddy's Old Gun, he added Luca from his 2009 album Move My Soul and two brand new songs set for inclusion on a new album in 2016, Run and Stop The Messing (both good, but not up to the best of Dear Silence Thieves).

Much of the main body of the set was presented in a song-based approach with very few extended solos, so that My Chana, an instrumental which requires all of Dan's best fretboard acrobatics (and faces), could deliver the full effect (in April, a vocal-less cover of Voodoo Child (Slight Return) had that honour). Fans already look forward to these moments in a Patlansky set as Dan is one of those players who can truly electrify a crowd with his playing, and no one walks away complaining about endless guitar widdling.

A consummate performer, Dan is rightly building a following in the UK, and with any luck will start moving up the venue capacity order soon. He returns to the UK once again in May 2016 as special guest to King King, with a London headline show in June at the Jazz Café.

“ one of the most expressive voices, and faces, in blues ”

Setlist: Drone / Bring The World To Its Knees / Run / Hold On / Stop The Messing / Taking Chances / Your War / Fetch Your Spade / Madison Lane / Backbite / My Chana // Luca / Daddy's Old Gun

Written by Andy Lye
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