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Friday, January 22, 2016

Jamie Mackay @ St Nicholas Cathedral. Newcastle. Jan 22

Jamie Mackay (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
Sage Gateshead BMus student Jamie Mackay brought along his Telecaster to sit in front of the altar to play a few improvisations. Billing the recital as ‘fusion guitar’ could have deterred some with visions/nightmares of searing seventies pyrotechnics. Thankfully, it wasn’t anything of the sort.
Citing the quiet simplicity of Jeff Buckley and the harmonic intricacies of Bill Evans and Charlie Hunter as influences, Mackay played five pieces during a half hour set. Titles not important (some pieces probably didn’t have one), the performance focused upon the feel generated in St Nicholas’ imposing space. 
The cathedral-like dimensions (pun intended), the attentive few in the pews and the serene atmosphere encouraged Mackay to play with the amazing acoustics of the place. Finger style, no sign of a plectrum, Mackay fused the blues with gospel, an Eastern vibe with flamenco, to small group jazz guitar playing.
Tone and volume control were impeccable, Mackay’s keen ear tuned to his surroundings. This ‘lite bite’ lunchtime recital was a jazz delight. Jamie Mackay can be seen around and about checking out who’s who on the scene. It’s about time the talented Mackay played a proper gig in a proper jazz joint, the kind he referred to as having low ceilings and sticky floors. Promoters of the world…okay, we’ll start with promoters in Newcastle…it’s time to check out Jamie Mackay.                       
Russell.

1 comment :

Jamie Mackay said...

Cheers Russell! This made my day! Especially as I read this before a money gig in the bigg market in Friday night!! Haha Put me in a great mood, thanks it means a lot! PS tried to find you on social media to private message a thank you, but failed

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