Gavin Clarke [Covers 50s - present, Solo Artist]
Gavin Clarke looks like a man who really enjoys his work.
This talented singer, songwriter and guitarist puts a great deal of effort into his performances and presents a well-balanced variety of material.
Gavin also pays great attention to detail offering a nice laser lighting effect which creates a great party atmosphere.
This was Gavin's first appearance at the Gryphon Harvester pub in Grange Park. The large bar area was full of party goers so Gavin, who used backing tracks, kept the music more uptempo than he usually would.
He seemed nervous at first but soon got into his stride.
The Stevenage-based singer started the first of his two sets with the Killers' tuneful rocker "Human" and the UB 40 reggae version of the classic ballad "Can't Help Falling In Love".
Unlike many pub performers Gavin has a highly tuneful voice and his diction is excellent. His performance of Billy Joel's plaintive "Piano Man" was top-class and highly enjoyable.
Gavin started the lengthy second set with the Willie Nelson/Elvis country ballad "Always On My Mind" and followed it with another country gem -- the Eagles' "Take It Easy".
Mr Clarke is not frightened to tackle difficult numbers too -- and he performed Paul Simon's catchy but complex "You Can Call Me Al" and the Dave Clark Five's sixties' stomper "Glad All Over".
Some of the punters wanted to dance and Gavin was quick to oblige. He presented a large selection of popular dance numbers including the Proclaimers' singalong "I'm Gonna Be"; Bryan Adams' raunchy rocker "Summer Of '69"; Soft Cell's pounding "Tainted Love"; and Neil Diamond's anthem "Sweet Caroline".
Gavin has a massive repertoire of songs but he is constantly learning new material. And it's impressive to hear a middle-class English white guy tackling modern classics like Pharrell Williams' uplifting "Happy" and Justin Timberlake's dance hit "Can't Stop The Feeling".
I was stunned that he also managed Drake's "Hotline Bling", complete with rap.
The lucky Gryphon audience were treated to no fewer than 35 songs during the two sets.
Gavin Clarke went down extremely well with the regulars and I look forward to seeing him again, particularly playing an acoustic set.
Colin Fenn, DJ, journalistTuesday 6 December 2016
Thanks Colin for your nice and fair constructive review, much appreciated and was nice to meet you and your wife. Hopefully see you again soon
Great Gig!!! Well worth the money, this guys going places to book him while you can. Top notch
RichardMonday 10 October 2016
It was a great evening at a top pub! Really enjoyed my debut at the Sun Inn, and looking forward to playing back on 16th Dec!
This was Gavin's Sunday Night debut and his first using backing tracks and he was simply fantastic. After doing an acoustic set on St. George's Day I asked if he could come back for another gig but use backing tracks. Although a bit apprehensive at first Gavin got to work and over the months built up a great set list of songs both old and new and took to The Hightown Stage. Always the professional Gavin arrives in good time to do a proper sound check something a lot of acts could learn from. Once Gavin started the compliments came thick and fast with the Sunday Night Crowd complimenting his song choices the quality of the sound and of course his versatile voice. A fantastic debut that not only earned him a Saturday Night Gig but also a Christmas Eve booking for 2016 well done Gavin
Peter GallagherThursday 24 December 2015
It was a pleasure to play back @ such a great warm friendly venue in the Hightown Club!
A place in which I can best describe as once you know what the members like, they will treat you as one of their own!
The Hightown Club always give you a fair honest critique on what they would like to see next time. And they follow through with their promises of further bookings if your first gig goes down well.
Such a refreshing change from some venues!
Looking forward to coming back for 3 bookings in 2016!
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Peter GallagherMonday 21 December 2015
This was Gavin's first gig at The Hightown and, to be fair, a bit of a tricky one. For our St. George's Celebration Night we required an act that could not only please the crowd with an interesting and varied set list, but that could also confidently include some traditional patriotic songs to set the right tone for our themed event. Given Gavin's act is wholly acoustic, this presented something of a challenge, but any fears I had were laid to rest as Mr Clarke delivered his own arrangements of songs like "Land of Hope & Glory" and "There Will Always Be An England" along with an assortment of others that really entered into the flag-waving spirit of things splendidly!
Managing to win over the enthusiasm of a crowd more used to a heavy drum beat and driving bass line to get them going is no mean feat and Gavin's skill in putting together and serving up a programme that successfully catered for all our needs, without reproducing songs already done to death, was evidenced by people thoroughly enjoying themselves and taking to the dance floor. It's this ability to deliver that won him two further appreciative bookings with us!
With a level of skill in guitar playing that is something to behold, Gavin's excellent vocal performance also deserves high praise, so if you are looking to engage the services of a fine vocalist, a fluent guitarist and a heck of a nice guy with bags of talent, you could do your venue or party a massive service and book Gavin for yourselves.
Peter GallagherSaturday 9 May 2015