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FAB Review from AmericanaUK - Live at The Cluny in Newcastle with Emma Stevens - 9th of October, 2019!

Oct 21 | Posted by: Jesse Terry

Thanks to Viv Fish & AmericanaUK for coming out to our show in Newcastle & writing these humbling words about my music. Means the world!

Read The Full Review Here: https://americana-uk.com/jesse-terry-emma-stevens-cluny-2-newcastle-9th-october-2019

"All the way from Connecticut USA, Terry regularly tours the US, the UK and beyond, spreading his own brand of happiness and positivity with his remarkable collection of songs and stories. By his own admission, Terry came through a difficult youth with a renewed optimism that makes him the happy, gentle, funny and free spirit that he is. His lyrics reflect real-life experiences. The back-stories are endearing on their own but, turned into songs, they are magical.

Being a regular in the Newcastle area meant much of the loyal audience were familiar with Terry’s extensive back-catalogue. So, for him to be showcasing a bunch of new songs was a pure delight. He still threw in favourites such as ‘Noise’, a song of loss that he now sings at weddings, typifying the underlying joyousness of much of his work. Another all-time favourite with the audience was ‘Stargazer’, a song which encourages hope and belief. The video for which was recorded in the stunning Bamburgh Castle, one of Terry’s most favourite places, on the North East coast of England.

Then there were the new songs, woven seamlessly into the set as though they’d always been there, totally enchanting the crowd with their charm and wonder. ‘If I were the Moon’, a lullaby for his baby daughter, is as captivating as the heavenly body itself. ‘When We Wander’, and ‘Strangers in our Town’ relate whimsically to the romantic, nomadic lifestyle the Terry family live. Although the family do have roots in the charming town of Mystic, they never pass on the opportunity to travel together.

A further surprise pleasure came after Terry took his bow when he invited Stevens back to the stage to perform a duet. The classic Tom Petty/Jeff Lynne song ‘Free Fallin’ was beautifully delivered to his delighted followers who, despite it being a school night, would have happily listened through the early hours. Petty and Lynne are among Terry’s influences. Others include James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Springsteen & Roy Orbison. However, while Terry’s work is in a similar vein, his personality, astuteness and classic yet contemporary flair, make him stand out from the crowd."

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