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Rock and Pop: Charlatans @ Union Chapel

Published: 24 March, 2011
by ALLAN LEDWARD 

AMONG the finest exponents of the indie organ, the celestial Charlatans dispensed with their signature sound in what would have been a natural home for a Hammond.

Solar frontman Tim Burgess and moody Manc lad guitarist Mark Collins presented a poignant, largely unplugged evening to a packed congregation at the Union Chapel last Wednesday.

Throughout their melodramatic odyssey the band have absorbed myriad influences, so musically morphing into a folk duo has proved little obstacle, as shown on their excellent Warm Sounds EP.

Here Comes A Soul Saver and Just When You’re Thinking Things Over were among the brightest moments within the candle-lit walls, while anthemic The Only One I Know was given a lullaby serenity. 

That “Chapel moment” was matched during the ethereal encore, Burgess seated with guitar, for a wonderful reconfigur­ation of Sproston Green, their soaring homage to a hamlet just off junction 18 of the M6.

An unlikely moving evening from a proven live act who shook the room with more romance than rock.

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