Photo of Tone Tanner live at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

Tone Tanner – Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum ‘Museum After Hours’ events
27th August 2021,

‘Museum After Hours’ is an evening event that is held mostly once a month during summer to give visitors the opportunity to view our collection out of normal opening hours whilst enjoying a cocktail and some fab local musical talent.

A decent crowd (the biggest of the season so far) attended, with some sitting in the activity area, the remainder sat in the balcony area, or just wandering round taking in the sights.

Tone set up in gallery four currently showing our Worcester Life Stories exhibition, complete with a projector / screen along with two resonator guitars and some foot drums. Starting at 6pm, the first set performance commenced with a brief, rather terrifying projection homage to a 1950s film intermission advert, but it was thoroughly enjoyable (a small child’s parent was warned in advance!).

Shortly after, the projection became a spooky moving woodland scene, along with a tanpura drone and warzone sounds, to which Tone played the guitar instrumental “War Bride”, a riveting performance.

Next were a couple of up-tempo slide guitar rock and roll / boogie tunes “I’m No Slave” and “Too Much Alcohol”, all with foot drums, which were both very well received. Despite being assured that he wasn’t too loud, the remainder of the set was rather quieter, including tunes such as “Changeling”, “As The Crow Flies”, “Out On The Western Plain”, “Titfer Blues”, “Leave That Place”, “Friend”, and finishing with a superb rendition of “Glory Box”.

At 7pm, after the intermission, Tone started his second set – a much more up tempo affair, including standard and contemporary blues tunes such as “Shot”, “Empire State Express”, “Dry People”, “Can’t Be Satisfied”, “Flipping Epic”, “One Sunny Day”, “Stagger Lee”, “Don’t Wanna Work” and “Milk & Alcohol”. Tone’s final song was the groovy “Maybe Later”, and he came back for an encore of the classic “Pull Up To The Bumper”.

It’s fair to say that after refreshments and seeing the sights, the crown had thinned somewhat for the last few tunes, but those remaining were treated to a great finale.

All in all, Tone put on a great performance – the slide guitar and finger picking was phenomenal, the vocals were excellent, and the tunes were wonderful. It’s quite amazing how he manages to play guitar, sing and play drums all at the same time. The lighting and projections were a fabulous addition, and the songs (most of which were self penned) were thoroughly enjoyed by the appreciative audience. Tone’s work can be accessed just by googling Tone Tanner.

By: Julie Stevens

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