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C2C: Country to Country 2019 – The Wandering Hearts Spotlight Stage live review

The homegrown act were the only UK band on the Spotlight Stage this year.

The Wandering Hearts at C2C 2019
Credit: Luke Dyson

The Wandering Hearts have had a pretty epic few years. Since signing to Decca they’ve toured in the UK, performed shows in the US, released their debut album Wild Silence and more recently released a deluxe version of the record featuring new tracks. Ahead of their C2C: Country to Country return, the band became a trio after fourth member Tim Prottey-Jones decided to leave the band. Yesterday The Wandering Hearts took to the Spotlight Stage for the first time during the final day of C2C.

For many fans of the band, it was the first time seeing The Wandering Hearts as a trio. They were backed by two musicians and launched straight into the upbeat Fire and Water, one of their finest songs to date. What was interesting is that they didn’t sound noticeably different as a trio. They’ve managed to work out the vocal arrangement in such a way that it sounds exactly as it should.

The gentler Burning Bridges came next, which further showcased the group’s harmonies. It’s always been one of my favourite songs from the band and in the middle of The O2 Arena, it sounded even stronger. Tara and Chess harmonised on the verses and it was a stunning moment.

The final song was Devil, one of the songs that introduced the band to the UK Country and Americana scene. The song’s stomping beat that the audience energy rocketed up again after Burning Bridges, ending on a high note. AJ really shined during the performance too with his gritty vocals soaring.

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Any worries or concerns about how losing a member may have affected The Wandering Hearts have gone now I’ve seen them performing. The acoustic set-up always works so well for the band and they continue to go from strength-to-strength. With new music in the works and a solid fan base in place, things can only continue to grow for The Wandering Hearts. Yesterday they proved they deserve their place alongside their US counterparts on the C2C bill.

Set list: 1. Fire and Water 2. Burning Bridges 3. Devil Performance date: Sunday 10th March 2019

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