Jim White and Cicadia Rhythm – Live at St Mary’s Church, Guildford

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Rating “White is the ultimate storyteller, both musically and inbetween numbers. His self deprecating humour is alarming yet hysterical.”

Review and Live Photos by Chaz Brooks

Jim White is no ordinary artist. He is a non-conformist and a remarkably original singer-songwriter. He is shunned in America and loved in the UK in equal measure. Many of the audience had travelled a long way to see him.

With fellow Georgian alt folk artists Cicadia Rhythm, White gave a storytelling masterclass to an enthralled audience of diehard fans and newbies.

Fronted by Andrea De Marcos on vocals and double bass and Dave Kirsilis on guitar and vocals Cicadia Rhythm not only produced a gorgeous support set but doubled as White’s backing band. It’s unusual for an Americana act to have a drummer, let alone a Juliard-trained double-bassist.

A Jim White concert is also a therapeutic experience. His introductory words were “I know you’ve come here for a dose of clinical depression. I’ve had a song voted the second saddest country song ever. I don’t know what I have to do to be Number One.”

White is the ultimate storyteller, both musically and inbetween numbers. His self deprecating humour is alarming yet hysterical. According to various sources, he has been a comedian, a fashion model, a boxer, a preacher, a professional surfer and a New York cab driver.

In a set lasting over two hours White featured tracks from his Waffles, Triangles and Jesus album including Drift Away, Far Beyond The Spoken World, Silver Threads and Reasons To Cry.

The set reached an emotional conclusion with White’s solo rendition of Sweet Birds of Mystery, which he wrote for his estranged daughter before she was born and played to her at a concert when she was 17. Powerful stuff.

Some concerts blend into one another. Not Jim White’s. Everybody that was privileged enough to witness this show will remember it for a very long time.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jim before the show. The resulting interview will appear on this site shortly.


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