Rag ‘n Bone Man Gives ‘Giant’ Performance on Floating Stage

Rag ‘n Bone Man opened the Henley Festival on the floating stage last night (Wednesday) with his ‘Giant’ deep baritone voice to the delight of the huge audience.

The platinum selling artist, real name Rory Charles Graham, opened his set with Lay my Body Down followed by Time Will Only Tell afterwards saying, “I feel a little underdressed, but you don’t want to see me dressed like a penguin. You all look lovely.”

The audience then got to their feet with the more well-known song, Skin singing and waving along, followed by a huge roar of appreciation at the end.

He then went on to sing a new song from a forthcoming album and then All You Ever Wanted another hit from his second album Life By Misadventure.

The tempo of the songs then slowed down with Alone, Grace, Bitter End and Guilty all showing off the singer’s incredible strong deep voice.  He said before, “I hope these don’t bring the mood down too much but there are some happy songs.”

Anywhere Away From Here originally recorded with Pink saw Rag ‘n Bone Man perform a great duet with one of his backing singers.

As night sky drew in, the headliner closed his set with As You Are, Be the Man and Crossfire asking the audience “I need your help with this one” before ending with his best known hit Human to which drew loud screams.

Afterwards he joked, “There are so many more people here than I thought f***ing hell, ‘scuse my language but there are no children here tonight!”

Thinking that was the end of the show, as he had performed his well known and loved Human anthem, the performers went off stage for many minutes.  On returning Rag ‘n Bone man said, “I was trying to be mysterious and getting you to think I wasn’t coming back!  He then asked the audience “Henley can I have a Hell Yah!” before sing the song entitled just that!

The encore concluded with his other signature hit Giant with the audience going wild and a brilliant trumpet solo which drew a huge cheer.  Rag ‘n Bone Man certainly is one of the giant stand-out artists of the current times.

All the well-loved art, mad roving entertainers, light installations, fireworks are all back this year and for the first time a live portrait sculpture, with Keziah Burt whose King Charles III sculpture was recently exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show.  Last night she was sculpting, local environmentalist, Lynne Lambourne.

In the Big Top after Rag ‘n Bone Man, local resident and the world’s top Elvis tribute act, Ben Portsmouth continued to get the crowd ‘All shook up’ with the King’s biggest hits.  Will he like Liz Mitchell from Boney M who performed in the Big Top last year, make the headline spot next year?  We hope so.

1990s Irish pop band are tonight’s headliners at the Henley Festival, performing a one-off show which is not part of a tour.  There are still a few tickets available on the website at https://boxoffice.henley-festival.co.uk/events/thursday/

Rag ‘n Bone Man Photo credit: Harvey Williams Fairley

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