I’m not long home from this re-run tribute concert featuring two very talented local Greek performers, Chris Fatouros on guitar and vocals, along with Spiros Falieros on keyboards and vocals.
This was such a nice little concert that lasted just over an hour and a half and which was attended by say 50 plus people. Chris is a well presented, confident and enthusiastic young man, with a very pleasant voice, very clear diction, and who is an adept guitarist to boot. Spiros, who is a bit older than Chris, was perhaps eclipsed to some degree by his younger partner, in terms of performance focus, but nevertheless did some enjoyable keyboard work, as well as the more subdued back-up vocals. Notwithstanding this, they worked very well together and complemented each other admirably in the more important respects.
Most of the songs were preceded by a pithy little intro by Chris, of a biographical nature about Leonard and relating to the particular song about to be performed. (I think he had read Sylvie Simmons biography
). As might be expected, there was also a strong connection made by Chris about the significant friendship Leonard had with the Aussie writing couple, George Johnston and Charmian Clift, who took him under their wing when he was the “new boy on the block” on Hydra.
The set list was as follows:
1. Dance Me to the End of Love
2. The Future
3. Bird On The Wire
4. Who By Fire
5. Everybody Knows
6. So Long Maryanne
7. Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
9. The Gypsy’s Wife
11. I’m Your Man
12. Thousand Kisses Deep (Recitation version)
13. I Tried To Leave You
14. In My Secret Life
15. First We Take Manhattan
16. Chelsea Hotel 2
Overall, this was a most enjoyable evening, not forgetting that it was a bonus to catch up with a small group of folk who had last met up at the local Leonard concerts here this past November/December, namely: Tracey (blonde madonna) and her husband Jim; Jenny and her friend Janet.
Following the show, the five of us then dined together at another Italian eatery down the road. So to sum up, I really enjoyed this fairly low-key “feel good” event and I believe a fine time was had by all.