David Gray Celebrates ‘Mutineers’ With Two-Hour Set in New York City
It may be hard to believe, but indie folk star David Gray has been making music for more than two decades, and recently he released his 10th album, ‘Mutineers.’ In celebration of all this, Gray has hit the road for a vast North American tour.
Last night, the British singer-songwriter stopped by New York City’s Theater at Madison Square Garden and performed a two-hour set full of new tunes as well as fan favorites from throughout his career.
While some artists may want to blend more familiar music into the beginning of their sets, Gray took another direction and kicked things off with five consecutive tracks from ‘Mutineers.’ This shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, as Gray has often expressed his desire to keep things fresh and stay away from complacency. What better way to do that than by introducing his New York City audience to a suite of new music? The night would find Gray performing almost the entire new album, with only ‘Beautiful Agony’ not making the set list.
When not playing new music, Gray and his seven-piece band covered the artist’s past 16 years, going all the way back to 1998’s breakthrough album, ‘White Ladder.’ In fact, the highlight of the evening came when Gray walked onstage and performed ‘Babylon’ — the most popular song of his career — by himself. The song epitomizes ‘White Ladder’ and the folktronica genre, and Gray’s heartfelt solo rendition last night was greeted with audience-wide support and a standing ovation.
Opening the night was Irishman David Kitt, who also served as a guitarist in Gray’s backing band. Kitt has a soulful approach to his music, and even though it was just him and his guitar onstage, he captivated the audience with his 30-minute set.
Gray is a gifted vocalist and musician who has the ability to blend folk, rock and pop into his cohesive and thoroughly enjoyable brand of music. While this is evident throughout his ever-growing catalog, it’s undeniable when witnessing his live performance. His passion for the music he creates is unmatched, save for the high-level musicians he surrounds himself with on tour. He will be on the road across North America through October, so don’t miss your chance to catch him live.
Here are some exclusive photos from his show at the Theater at Madison Square Garden last night:
David Gray — Set List, Aug. 4, 2014
‘Back in the World’
‘As the Crow Flies’
‘Birds of the High Arctic’
‘My Oh My’
‘The Other Side’
‘Cake and Eat It’
‘Snow in Vegas’
‘Girl Like You’
‘This Year’s Love’
‘Please Forgive Me’
‘The One I Love’
And here’s Gray performing ‘Back in the World’ on ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ last week: