Wandering Hearts Live — Live at G Live, Guildford ****

Hard-working The Wandering Hearts are not content to be the high profile support act of Ward Thomas. On a mission to promote the deluxe version of their debut Wild Silence album they’re fitting in record store appearances all over the country to coincide with the Ward Thomas dates. BOON caught the award-winning Hearts at the recent Ward Thomas gig in Guildford.

This is the first tour since the departure of Tim Prottey-Jones from the group. The Hearts played a fabulous half-hour set with vocalists Tara, Chess and AJ supported by guitarist Jack and double bassist Lee Campbell.

The group began with Fire & Water and changed up the ending. Til The Day I Die saw AJ on lead vocals and Chess on mandolin. As ever Burning Bridges was stunning and for fans nervous about the change from four to three this was all the reassurance they will need.

The more country-sounding Nobody’s Fool and Rattle rocked. Wild Silence had Chess and Tara sharing gorgeous lead vocals and the lively Devil closed the set.

People familiar with the band will miss Tim’s vibrant personality on stage, but AJ, Chess and Tara gave a great show, the audience loved them and there was a long queue at the merchandising desk of people wanting signed albums and photos with the trio.
The Wandering Hearts continue to gather momentum.

Words by Chaz Brooks

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