Setlist: The Moon, Fool’s Game, My Little Ruin, High Hope, As You Did Before/Mind’s Made Up, I’ll Be You Be Me, Time Will Be the Healer, Wreckless Heart, Winning Streak, Her Mercy [with Andy Kaulkin], Way Back in the Way Back When [with Andy Kaulkin and Danny Clinch], Wedding Ring/Corrina Corrina [with Andy Kaulkin and Danny Clinch], Astral Weeks, Grace Beneath the Pines, Bird of Sorrow, Revelate, Star Star, Archipelago? (“Nathaniel, don’t face the music alone”), Call You Home (Xs & ARROWs)/Octopussy (Wedding Present), Stay the Road, Tender Mercies, This Gift
Rocky Road to Dublin, Leave a Light
Review: On The Flip Side Music Blog
Being in a theater again after all this time feels both familiar and foreign. The room is abuzz with positivity.
When We/Or/Me takes the stage, he wins the eager crowd instantly with his dry humour and beautiful, sad songs. LA crowds used to feel much more difficult. These days we are super respectful and engaged, and happy to join in on a singalong when we once were too cool. It’s a delight. Bahhaj is a delight. Everyone is so happy to be here. We all sing out: Sorrow is just old joy.
When Glen has us sing one long note at the end of Fool’s Game, it fills the room with warmth. It’s moving to hear so many voices sit together so perfectly. He places his hand on his heart and it’s clear he is moved as well.
He calls to stage Andy Kaulkin, of Anti Records, to play honky tonk piano on Her Mercy. It’s fun and loose, and gets looser when photographer Danny Clinch joins them on harmonica for the next few songs.
He also calls Courtney Lavender of Xs & ARROWs to play an original song (Call You Home), and joins in on harmonium.
There is an air of gratitude both on stage and off. Glen is honest about being uncertain of which foot goes where. It’s been so long. But the night has offered a soft, easy re-entry.
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