Ramin Karimloo in concert – Liverpool and Manchester, May 11 and 12 2012

15 May

Ramin Karminloo’s road to find out took him to Liverpool and Manchester on May 11 and 12 which ment I got to spend a weekend up north. I may mention that I absolutely adored Liverpool. Such a lovely city!

I’m going to do a little joined review for both concerts to avoid boring you to death by repeating myself over and over again.

Despite some bad neck problems Ramin was on top form on both nights. There was a slight change to the set list at the beginning of the show with The impossible dream and Wild world switching places after the opening number (Show me light).

Alex Gaumond was a guest at both concerts and treated the audience to an exclusive premiere of his upcoming single “Here I am”, a great rock/pop song with a catchy melody. I urge everyone to download this from iTunes once it is available.
Seeing and hearing Alex and Ramin sing Ahead by a century at both concerts was definitely a highlight of the tour so far. It’s obvious how much fun the two are having when they get to perform together. And Alex did a great job on cajón (that’s an instrument in case you were wondering). It would be great to see him return for one of the remaining concerts – fingers crossed his schedule allows him to do so.

Sean Kingsley joined Ramin in Liverpool. I don’t think I have ever heard a better version of Guiding light. The same goes for Closer walk with thee in which Steve Young also joined in. Sean’s voice really is beyond brilliant and I can’t praise him enough.

New additions to the set list were Somewhere and White blank page. The first is one of my all time favourite songs from West Side Story. In Liverpool the fantastic Katie Birtill sand this song with Ramin, in Manchester it was Danielle Hope. No offence to Danielle but personally I prefered hearing Katie and Ramin together. Her voice just suited the song better in my opinion.

Speaking of Danielle Hope, she was the second guest singer in Manchester beside Alex Gaumond. Danielle got to sing two solo songs: Somewhere over the rainbow and a song that is rather unknown in the UK: Breath from the Broadway musical In the heights. Both tunes were sung beautifully and a great addition to the whole evening.

I have mentioned White blank page already and I need to point out that not only is this an all in all fantastic song but Ramin’s version is also a complete joy to listen to. I might have become slightly addicted to listening to him sing this song.

While his neck problems prevented Ramin from doing a signing after the concert in Manchester they didn’t prevent him from giving 100% on stage in both Liverpool and Manchester. Those painkillers in Manchester might have made him slightly hyper though – not that the audience minded.

My more or less only criticism of the first concerts was that I thought the scripted talking between songs didn’t quite work. I’m happy to report that the concerts in both Liverpool and Manchester were the perfect mix between songs, a few scripted bits in between to guide through the evening and entertaining banter between Ramin, his band and guests and the audience. Ramin seems perfectly comfortable being himself on stage now and it’s fantastic to see him having such a good time on his road to find out.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the road continues in Birmingham, Newcastle and Cardiff.

Song list Liverpool

Show me light
The impossible dream
Wild world
If ever I would leave you
Constant Angel
I and love and you (with Katie Birtill)
Here I am (Alex Gaumond)
Eyes of a child (with Alex Gaumond)
Radames letter / Till I hear you sing
Oh what a beautiful morning
Bring him home
Guiding light (with Sean Kingsley)
Broken (with Sean Kingsley)
Closer walk with thee (with Sean Kingsley)
The perfect space / Hallelujah
Somewhere (with Katie Birtill)
Ahead by a century (with Alex Gaumond)
White blank page
Cathedrals
Coming home
Music of the night
Good Riddance

Song list Manchester

Show me light
The impossible dream
Wild world
If ever I would leave you
Constant Angel
Here I am (Alex Gaumond)
Eyes of a child (with Alex Gaumond)
I and love and you (with Katie Birtill)
Somewhere over the rainbow (Danielle Hope)
Radames letter / Till I hear you sing
Oh what a beautiful morning
Bring him home
Guiding light
Broken
Just a closer walk with thee
The perfect space / Hallelujah
Somewhere (with Danielle Hope)
Ahead by a century (with Alex Gaumond)
White blank page
Breath (Danielle Hope)
Cathedrals
Coming home
Music of the night
Good Riddance

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One Response to “Ramin Karimloo in concert – Liverpool and Manchester, May 11 and 12 2012”

  1. Katrine May 16, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    sounds like a wonderful concert. one can only get jealous. x

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