Gig Review: Bobby Lee and Huw Costin at Running Horse

Words: Bassey
Friday 24 November 2023
reading time: min, words

Two heavyweight artists at the same venue and on the same day was an opportunity our Bassey was not going to miss, and a chance to revisit the Running Horse music venue only added to the occasion...

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In the role of support, local legend Huw Costin decided to give a solo performance and an intimate acoustic set of songs about hope, loss, joy, grief and although fragile in their delivery, his evocative songs gave a mighty message to the listener.

At times, the Running Horse crowd was achingly quiet, waiting for the next guitar note or line to be released into the room. I managed to catch up with Huw after his intense performance and he discussed his positive news for his music in 2024, including a new record deal and album! More of that to follow in another review soon.

The main artist of the show was Bobby Lee - the musician not the comedian - a quiet spoken and understated songwriter, in both his character and music. At times, his voice was barely a whisper between the songs, but the Running Horse folks hung onto every word and note.

Instrumental Americana influenced, with a hint of psychedelia and even drone sounds, Bobby Lee's three piece band gave a special fusion that helped to bring out our inner Hippie. This may not be music to dance to but it will move you.

His band gave a note-perfect performance of songs with titles like Acid Grassland - the perfect vibe for a Sunday afternoon and the trio gave a tight performance, even though a stand-in drummer who had not played live with the band before! With his third album released this Summer, I now know why folks are keen to see Bobby Lee live: I get it.

Long may Huw Costin be one or our local musical stalwarts, long may Bobby Lee sing about acid grasslands, and long may the Running Horse keep on running.

Bobby Lee and Huw Costin performed at Running Horse on 19 November 2023


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