Cherry Ghost: York Fibbers 2.10.10

A subtle but shining light on an otherwise gloomy night.

We arrived at York Fibbers to a sea of black and yellow Factory rip off posters announcing the arrival of a new £250k sounds system, while it was probably wasted on the steadfast crowd of Radio 2 listeners, never the less Cherry Ghosts particular brand of beautiful melancholy brought a smile to faces on a dark and drizzly night. 

Lazy journalist throw about the Elbow-esque description, but I have always felt Simon Aldred stands out as something unique within the Northern singer songwriter genre that is currently flourishing in and around Greater Manchester, especially with iconic songs such as Black Fang with its forceful yet subtle trumpet accompaniments throughout. A definite high point in a set seeped in calming melodies filled with insightful observations about the troubles of every life and the emotions that often strangle it.

The tour was in honor of their wonderfully crafted second album Beneath the Burning Shoreline, which celebrates the Americana side of Aldred’s writing, but still gave a nod to previous hits including a revamped version of People Help the People which inspired an up lifting sing along by the blissful but restrained crowd. 

The set ended on an unlikely high note, with a cover of the CeCe Peniston hit Finally, while keeping the pop anthems catchy beats, which moved the crowd to feet shuffling that almost verged on dancing, yet they still somehow manage to make the arrangement tinged with thoughts of Bolton backstreets beneath a dreary but still dreamy Northern Sky.  

There are still a few tickets left for the Manchester date on October 15th, my advice… go get one. Seriously why are you still reading this, get clicking on ticketline.

Words / Photos: Jo Lowes -

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