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Newton Faulkner’s voice takes centre stage

Published 01/03/2010

Newton Faulkner is known for his mellow acoustic guitar stylings with extra percussion provided by the hard case of his guitar.

It is somewhat surprising to see his persona onstage, with three-foot-long red dreadlocks, standing in his socks and sipping lemon and ginger tea.

Support at the Ulster Hall last night was provided by the fantastic voice of Sharon O'Connor but it is without a doubt Faulkner who was the main attraction.

For such a mellow act the crowd went wild when he took to the stage and couldn't contain themselves thoughout the evening.

Although Faulkner is perhaps best known for his crooning cover of Massive Attack's Teardrop, his original songs didn't fail to impress. I Need Something, If This Is It and Lipstick Jungle just to name a few. The covers though were also a delight — as well as Teardrop we were treated to Dead or Alive's You Spin Me Round and Blackstreet's No Diggity.

Some visual effects were great but nothing could take away from Faulkner's fantastic voice which soared all over the Ulster Hall in many variations. This was a big concert with the feel of an intimate gig and the uninitiated were immediately converted. A fantastic night.

Kerry McKittrick

Belfast Telegraph

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