Si Cranstoun played a sold out show at The Cat's Meow last Saturday. Wow! What a charismatic performer and what a voice!
The crowd absolutely loved him and the six other members of the band, who were spot on with every track. Song choices included a few Nappy Brown and Jackie Wilson numbers (great influences in Cranstoun's style) as well as their own material.
Of course everyone went wild when they played Dynamo, which has been doing the rounds in clubs on the swing dance scene. I was surprised that they played it relatively early in the set (I think the second or third song) but they played it again in the encore, which was good, as I got to watch him singing and dancing the first time, and I got to dance to it myself the second time round!
As well as having a huge smile, part of what makes Si Cranstoun look like he's enjoying himself is his dancing, and this makes him very fun to watch. I'd much rather watch a performer who actually performs on stage and clearly loves every minute of it, as opposed to someone who just stands there and daren't crack a smile, lest the wind should change and leave them looking permanently happy...
But, because he was so entertaining to watch, it made it hard to go and dance! The crowd was split between people up front watching the band, and people dancing. I did a little of both, but admit I probably spent more time actually standing in the crowd, watching the band, than I normally do.
This band is strong, and Si Cranstoun has a powerful voice - definitely catch them if you can, and listen out for their crackin' cover of Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreet Petite!
The venue was buzzing after such a great show and the rest of the night was spent dancing to some killer tracks. I'm just surprised (and glad) I didn't fall asleep on my long night-bus journey home...
Here's a video from the night that I found on Youtube - note everyone singing along!