The Mastersons and Anthony D’Amato in Vera

Last weekend all of Groningen was flooded with bands, reporters and audience from all over Europe for the festival that starts the new concert-year: Eurosonic/Noorderslag. I was not there! I started the 2017 concert-year a week later with The Mastersons and Anthony D’Amato in Vera.

I’ve seen The Mastersons a few years ago opening for Steve Earle (whose concert could have gone better, looking back). However, although Steve’s concerts wasn’t one of the best, I was wondering how The Mastersons would do headlining.

Anthony D’Amato – Click image for full set

I’m not sure if it’s due to last weeks festival or for other reasons, but there was a lack of audience. Enough to not completely make it uncomfortable, but I would have liked to see a few more people there. And the bands deserved more too!

Anthony D’Amato kicked off with a set on his own. Good clear voice, lovely songs and a good solid singer-songwriter. Enjoyed that a lot.

Anthony D’Amato – Click image for full set

The Mastersons do have a band, but they’re not here on tour with them. So like last time, they play as a duo. But although last time I felt they could have used a band, this time I really love it. They sound very good together. Eleanor plays a few songs on guitar, but mainly plays violin. It sounds oh so good.

The Mastersons – Click image for full set

A good and varied setlist that keeps the audience alert. No dozing away, but also too much all the time. Very well balanced with some lighter subjects and a few more darker lyrics.

The Mastersons – Click image for full set

For the final encore they call Anthony back on stage and that wraps it up for my first concert of 2017. I really, really enjoyed the concert and am happy to have had such a good start for the new concert year.

The Mastersons – Click image for full set