December 7th 2016 | The Rathskeller, Kings Lynn | Gigs
Words: Edward Gizzi | Photo: Spencer Lambell
Following on from his success as frontman of Norfolk-based alternative rock band Deaf Havana, James Veck-Gilodi headed out on a few acoustic gigs in support of West Norfolk Mind, visiting The Rathskeller in Kings Lynn on 7th December.
A small wine bar in Kings Lynn, The Rathskeller is a very small venue, especially in comparison to the main stages of the Reading and Leeds Festivals, which James is more accustomed to. However, it did not matter if you were standing right at the front, sat down, or at the bar, on the night, the whole place was filled with an exciting, yet very personal atmosphere, with arrivals welcomed by the delicate, warm and inviting tones, which were shortly followed by a young girl performing Miley Cyrus’s "Wrecking Ball" and "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus.
As all were eagerly waiting for the gig to start, James entered making his way through the crowd to the front and like any musician should: with a pint in hand! The crowd provided a warm welcome of cheers and a particular group of fans seemed to provide the comedy relief for the evening, shouting how much they loved him throughout the whole set and afterwards.
Warming up the crowd, James started with "These Past Six Years", which was an incredible crowd pleaser with fans reciting the lyrics back to him, word for word. James then thanked the audience for coming and seemed a little overwhelmed with the reception he received – a deserved reception, after his first show had sold out!
As the musical and lyrical talent oozed from the stage, the audience were hooked track by track, with Deaf Havana tracks “22”, “Anemophobia” and "Mildred" mixed in with songs from his solo album, such as "Holes" - which he normally performs with his fellow band mate Matt Britton.
During his final song "Hunstanton Pier", James’s sound system unexpectedly gave out, but the support of the roaring voices at the bar helped carry him to the end! With their new album to be released early next year, it seems there are no limits to James’s musical talents, whether solo or with the boys in Deaf Havana.
The gig was in support of West Norfolk Mind, a local, independent charity who help to promote a positive mental health, and provide a variety of resources for young people with mental health issues. They also support people to build a meaningful life for themselves and help them to inspire hope for recovery, with or without the continuing presence of mental health problems.