After the brilliance of the recent Blondie show at Wylam Brewery in December, I knew the Transatlantic Ensemble Bowie show wouldn’t disappoint. The Ensemble has amassed a reputation for recreating the music of the greatest rock and pop stars of all time, and regularly plays to packed out venues all around the country and further afield.
The gig felt like the perfect way to celebrate the genius of Bowie, the day before what would have been his 75th birthday. All of the hits were covered much to our collective delight, kicking off with Ziggy Stardust and Rebel Rebel through to a Fashion/Fame mashup before the break, then coming back with big singalongs and much bopping around to Under Pressure, Life on Mars, Starman and wrapping things up perfectly with Heroes.
The solos were a real highlight; each hit showcased the talents of a particular musician. We were wowed by the brilliance of the sax players, the guy on keys, the guitarists, the drummer and the trumpeter (not to mention the two female singers who shared the vocals). It was genuinely lovely to see the band members encourage and applaud each other for their improvisational talent.
My Bowie-loving friend and I tried some interesting beers and enjoyed having a bit of a dance afterwards (there’s usually a DJ spinning retro hits after the band has played). I also can’t resist the photo booth every time I go (I recommend eating there too – the food is always good). If you haven’t been before, I can highly recommend a night listening to some of the best music ever written in the Grade II listed Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park!
Transatlantic Ensemble musicians: Emma Prior/Charlotte Churchman (Vocals), Matt Roberts/Leo Aarons-Richardson/Jonny Griffiths (Brass), Tello Morgado (Percussion), Louis van der Westhuizen (Bass), Daniel Hale (Drums), Mikayl Dawood (Guitar), Gabriel Piers-Mantell (Keys)
Future shows at Wylam Brewery:
- Motoon Valentine’s Special – 18th February 2022
- A Night At The Brewery feat. The Music of Queen – 19th February 2022 (rescheduled)
- The London African Gospel Choir plays Marley – 12th March 2022
Click here for a link to all 2022 events