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The ‘All Grown Up’ tour – Tinderbox " ... the involving experience of their company never disappoints"

(April 07, 2017)

Empathy is an embracing word ... it encompasses understanding, responsiveness, sympathy and compassion ... all were evidenced in profusion on Stage 2 at The Stables in Milton Keynes. The reason was an intimate set from Tinderbox, and the involving experience of their company never disappoints. Tinderbox trio

The empathy between these artists and their audience is palpable, as is the sympathetic communication between them, which they are more than willing to share with their audience. The musical interaction between Dan Tucker and Bobby Burke weaves an enchantment as guitars dance and duel, while Monique Houraghan’s sparklingly pure voice seduces instantly.

The occasion was a stop on their tour to launch the new album ... ‘All Grown Up’ (reviewed earlier by FolkWords) which is Tinderbox at their very best. And witnessing them live demonstrates one reason why ‘All Grown Up’ is so good ... the obvious mutual sensitivity that exists when three people join together to create Tinderbox, and that my friends is empathy. They treated the audience to some old (really old as it happens) favourites, some well known songs, before moving into the delights of ‘All Grown Up’. Songs from the album included their look back at the ‘once was’ of life with ‘Easy and Carefree’, the reflected love of ‘Life Is For The Living’, looking forward with ‘Down The Track’, the fragile parent-experience of ‘All Grown Up’ and the magical moments that come through the vivid child-imagination of ‘Sparkledust’ ... mine were not the only tear-filled eyes.

Tinderbox at The Stables were Monique Houraghan (vocals) Dan Tucker (guitar) and Bob Burke (guitar, bass). Get a chance to see Tinderbox live ... take it. Tour details and gig information here: tinderboxacoustic.com/gigs

Website: tinderboxacoustic.com

Review: Tim Carroll

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