Rag n Boneman Returns To Manchester To Headline Sounds In The City

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Rag n Boneman delivers a solid performance at Castlefield Bowl.

Rag n Boneman makes a welcome return to Manchester.

Since Rory Graham AKA Rag N Boneman burst on the music scene in 2016 there has been a constant buzz surrounding anything he produces. Tonight’s gig was a little up in the air as our host had been suffering with a heavy cold all week. First opening act was a local band Children of Zeus, who provide there all brand of Soul Food music, Tyler Daley & Konnykon deliver a set that grew the more they went on, two excellent voices and enough repour to keep the crowds happy. Still Standing and Elevate are worth a listen.

Main support came from the excellent PJ Cooper another Manchester product, judging the outpouring of Love for his set the future is bright, Crowd favourites The Only Reason and September song that set everything off capped an excellent performance and set the stage for tonight’s headline act.

It’s been just over a year since the 33-year-old former carer from Brighton, winner of British Breakthrough Act and the Critics’ Choice Award at last year’s BRITs, performed in Manchester and tonight he was determined to come back, with a cold or not.It’s been just over a year since the 33-year-old former carer from Brighton, winner of British Breakthrough Act and the Critics’ Choice Award at last year’s BRITs, performed in Manchester and tonight he was determined to come back, with a cold or not. “I hate cancelling shows and it was like, f*** it, I’m coming!” he tells the crowd, the appreciation from the crowd probably made the trip worthwhile. “I’m gonna do a miserable song now”, he tells the crowd, If ever a song or a performance cold or no cold could stop you in your tracks it would have to be the ever so sublime Skin, He acknowledges the support from the audience and the help on the high notes.

As You are follows along with Human, all soulfully delivered from a man that uses lyrics so easily. Bitter end moves things forward and utilises the excellent band that he has assembled around him, the brass section adds a great dimension in an open-air setting. Die easy and Hell Yeah bring an early end to the evening to a few people’s disappointment, maybe the cold got the better of our host.

One thing is clear at the moment Rag N Boneman is a work in progress, one that in time will hopefully see him produce and deliver the songs that will fill arenas, in the short period of time he has been on the music scene he ahs left a visible footprint, that will take him forward.

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