Jack Savoretti performing his Europiana Tour at The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham on Sunday 3rd April 2022

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Jack Savoretti came to the Royal Concert Hall on Sunday night on his sold out Europiana tour, and completely captivated the crowd with his gravelly, tender and passionate vocals.

Opening with new song I Remember Us he immediately showed his strong commanding voice. Backed by a hugely talented band which consisted of a guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboard player and violinist, they delivered a set list that contained some of his sombre ballads of which he has many and the more upbeat and often funky songs that he revels in.

There was the gorgeous love song What More Can I Do? written for his wife, followed by When We Were Lovers, which had the crowd singing along.

Candlelight was a real highlight with its cinematic mood, like Ennio Morricone doing a James Bond theme, which encapsulated the suave and sophisticated tone of the evening. Other highlights included Singing To Strangers which saw mobile phones light up the Hall as his honeysuckled vocals soared around for the beautiful and thoughtful Soldier’s Eyes.

The Way You Say Goodbye, is a simply incredible moving love song which saw the crowd hanging on his every word, before new song Secret Life upped the tempo with its infectious beats that had feet tapping. Who’s Hurting Who, a 70’s sounding disco song written with Nile Rodgers went down a treat before Catapult, a piano driven piece was so incredibly beautiful that it brought out all kinds of emotions.

More Than Ever had Savoretti’s vocals at their very best before the arm waving Home and Each And Every Moment brought the main set to a close. For the encore there was the surprising addition of You Don’t have To Say You Love Me, sung half in Italian and with such passion that it brought the crowd to their feet with spontaneous applause before Back Where I Belong left them begging for more.

There is no doubting that Savoretti has got better and better over time and the level of talent and showmanship that he brought to this performance was absolutely first class. He radiated his easy going charm throughout and exercised his distinctive husky vocals so it was no surprise that he had captivated this crowd from the off.