Reverend and the Makers frontman Jon McClure delighted fans with an impromptu acoustic performance out on the streets of Southampton following their headline show at SMILEfest on Saturday night (scroll down to see the video).
The Sheffield band were playing at the Guildhall as part of the week-long festival run by Southampton Solent University, and after an exhilarating show, McClure led the crowd out into Guildhall Square.
Armed with an acoustic guitar which he had borrowed from support act Sean McGowan, the Reverend stood upon a marble platform and closed the show in style.
During a ten minute set he performed a brand new track titled ‘The Gun’, as well as a cover of Dandy Livingstone’s ‘A Message to You, Rudy’ (more commonly known for the cover version by The Specials).
After explaining that he would have to leave as he had a wedding to be at in Sheffield the next day, McClure then raced back up the steps into the grand old Guildhall.
The charismatic frontman had spoken earlier in the night about “real music” and the struggles which small bands go to in order to attain even a little success.
“You’re probably wondering why you’ve never heard that great song we’ve just played,” he quipped, “And that’s because you’ve been listening to too much Radio 1!”
Video: Reverend and the Makers – The Gun (Jon McClure busking in Southampton) via National Brit Rock on YouTube.
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