Star rating - 8/10
The Cornerhouse in Manchester is usually the sort of venue you associate with art house cinema, but it has hosted a beautiful, intimate gig with Canadian adoptee of our city, Gabriel Minnikin.
He treated the small but perfectly formed and certainly very appreciative audience to a wonderful set including the very best tracks from his latest CD Parakeets with Parasols . On this sweeping album, sumptuous tracks such as Arkansas and Halifax Blues are accompanied by a lush orchestra, but stripped down to just a guitar they are equally moving and exquisite.
Gabriel was charming and friendly as he recounted anecdotes about his friends, family, and even his recently departed family dog Casey (RIP). His velvet voice shone through lovely new songs too - with Blood Pedals and Birthday Card Eyes being particularly moving and heartfelt gems.
He generously shared his stage with talented support act Jo Rose. And as well as his own deep and beautiful material, he covered the heartbreaking I'm still in love with you by Steve Earle., and the wonderfully humorous and ironic In Spite of Ourselves by John Prine and Iris DeMent. This was truly a treasure of an evening. More please...