The Bowie Contingent – The Donkey, Friday 14th July 2017.

Thu 20th July, 2017 @ 11:49am by 505chris

The Bowie Contingent – The Donkey, Friday 14th July 2017.

A review of the Bowie Contingent at the Donkey

The great dread for any seasoned Bowie fan is getting dragged along to watch a tribute act by an enthusiastic mate only to be subjected to ninety minutes of poorly performed greatest hits sung by a tubby fella with a lightning bolt plastered across his face.

Fortunately this was not the case with the excellent Bowie Contingent who returned for another gig at the Donkey. The Bowie Contingent are a tightly arranged group of talented musicians with a lead singer that totally embraces the concept of a tribute act: mimic a little, dress a bit, don’t overdo the voice and ensure that you perform.

Wearing a Heathen-era suit the lead kicked the evening off with Life on Mars before pleasingly moving into the lesser known Be my Wife, from Bowie’s sublime Low album. From this point the song choice was an eclectic mix of crowd pleasers and tracks for the die-hard fan. Given Bowie’s untimely death we never had the chance to see him perform any tracks from his last two studio albums, so to hear Valentine’s Day from The Next Day Album was a real treat.

Performed in two sections the concert was superbly received by an enthusiastic Friday night crowd and the band were treated to an vociferous ovation following the concluding track, “Heroes”.

The Bowie Contingent have the courage to deliver something a little different at a time when room is scarce on the Bowie band-wagon.


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