As acoustic gigs go tonight’s setting was like you were in your living room, with only a ceiling light, and lamp, creating an atmosphere not like many others. There was a taste of sadness in the air, as the crowd packed in you could sense just how big of an impact Sam Duckworth, aka Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly has had on people over the 10 years he has been performing. It was a great sight to behold from ages across the board flocking in to witness one of Sam’s last ever performance’s under this alias.
On with the with support for the evening, which came from one a young song writer, known as Sean McGowan. Having not been familiar with his material, I did not know what to expect, and sometimes that is the charm of going to a gig and being surprised. Sean produced a blend of your Billy Brag politically charged lyrics, with that unmistakable southern twang to his voice, which at times was a bit off putting, only because his vocal abilities were a bit off kilter, and so with the style he was performing didn’t always sit well with this listener.
Finally, the main event was upon us, and it was a thrill to see the crowd up in arms for this young man and his music. Sam, as a performer and lyricist, came across somewhat reserved, leaving much of his music to do the talking, but he gave a few minutes to open up about his personal life, which had no responsibility to the audience to do, but it was humbling of him to open up and express his gratitude to the fans for sticking by him. What was most interesting about Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly was the ability Sam had to created so many different melodies electronically, and vocally, and through his acoustic guitar. It was a marvellous sight to behold this multi talented man on stage producing so much energy with perfect execution, and the audience lapped every second of it up. Even though as the performance came to end there was a sombre mood to it, it was unmistakable the mark Sam, and his music had left on the audience tonight.
By Joe Sheridan.