Courtney Marie Andrews HARE & HOUNDS Birmingham

Courtney Marie Andrews
Hare & Hounds
19th October 2021

The last time Courtney Marie Andrews was scheduled to play in Birmingham was in December 2018, at the Glee Club – my eldest niece was in her first term of a pharmacy degree at Birmingham University and I’d gotten tickets for us both.
On the morning of the gig, Courtney’s laryngitis knocked that opportunity for six – we tried again, but this time COVID moved things on once more.
So – three years after the last attempt to catch CMA in the West Midlands; with my niece now in her fourth year at Uni, Courtney Marie Andrews finally made it to Brum – she nearly didn’t though – delayed and cancelled flights meant that she’d arrived on the morning of the gig after only four hours sleep in 48 hours!!
Before her return to the Birmingham stage, support duo Memorial kicked things off pleasantly with a sound that most obviously triggered comparisons with Simon & Garfunkel, but to these ears they came across as the UK equivalent of Mapache from the US West Coast – they went down well and it surely won’t be long before they’re much better known.
In the USA , Courtney has been playing with a band similar to that on “Old Flowers,” but for this European visit she was flying solo playing her own guitar and keyboards.
The set she played didn’t adhere totally to her 12 song printed setlist – kicking things off with “Rookie Dreaming” she then played the first of two new songs in the set – tentatively entitled “James Dean” on guitar – and later there was a second new song played on keys that didn’t get introduced.
In between, there were songs from “Old Flowers” – “Burlap String” and “It Must Be Someone Else’s Fault” in particular shone in a solo setting.
“May Your Kindness Remain”, despite not being on the setlist, was given an airing too.
Three encores ensued – all audience requests – and the reverential silence throughout the performance; eventually became a prolonged enthusiastic roar.
Before departing the stage, Courtney stated she was glad to be back – the feeling in the room was that we were more than glad to welcome her return.

Rookie Dreaming
James Dean (new song)
Burlap String
Break The Spell
It Must Be Someone Else’s Fault
If I Told
Rough Around The Edges
May Your Kindness Remain[To be kind?]…
new song (on keyboard)
Guilty (on keyboard)
Ships in the night (on keyboard)
—– encore —–
Table for one
How Quickly Your Heart Mends
Near You

Photos –

Review and photography by Nick Barber

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