Video: James Vincent McMorrow From The Woods Acoustic Performance on Soul Kitchen

One of the greatest vocalists of our time James Vincent McMorrow came to Melbourne this week to play in the majestic room of The Forum (27 May 2014). I was lucky enough to see watch James perform earlier in the year at The Corner Hotel, and he has proven himself to me twice in one year.

Despite being sleep deprived from jet-setting between three continents in 7 days, James’ voice was as close as ever to sweet perfection. I was concerned when he didn’t say a peep to the audience between songs, as he is just as funny as he is musically talented.

However, when a crazed fan yelled at the top of his lungs for the bar staff to stop disrespecting the fine artist on stage, James piped up and defended their hard work and said it didn’t bother him at all as he could hear a pin drop in the room. I thank the eager fan for his over-the-top outburst, as from that point onwards James was his usual chatty self!

James noted how pleased he was with the attention Post Tropical received earlier in the year while he was on tour in Australia, and said it was in stark contrast to the anticipation of the release of his first album Early In The Morning which nobody knew about. He also recalled hearing his rendition of Steve Winwood’s Higher Love played along to the Sydney fireworks on New Year’s Eve, above the Sydney Opera House where he would be performing in a few short days albeit still unfathomable to him.

Among all the great songs James performs wonderfully live, This Old Dark Machine comes home with me each time and implores my fingers to select the track on my stereo. It’s eerie…

Video: James Vincent McMorrow This Old Dark Machine Acoustic Performance on Soul Kitchen

Further Exploration:

Previously on Sampling Station:

James Vincent McMorrow 2014 Full Australian Tour Poster, Source:

James Vincent McMorrow 2014 Full Australian Tour Poster, Source:


About noisynoodle

I am a noisy noodle hailing from Melbourne, Australia who loves listening to noise in all forms, but preferably in music, TV and film. I’ve moonlighted on community radio at SYN-FM many years ago when I was still a “youth”. My mission is to promote live music (get off your bum and see something!), highlight interesting TV shows that are ignored by the ratings, expose some cool films and to not go deaf trying!

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