Further testimony to the enduring popularity of Arthur H, a downpour at the recently Paléo Festival, caught Arthur H in mid-set. A cloudburst – and sheets of rain drenched the crowd. It signaled the end of the oppressive heatwave which descended over the festival site for days. But none of that seemed to matter to the crowd who clung to the stage or quietly swayed in time to the music and pulled out their umbrellas. It would take a lot more than that to force Arthur H from the stage, or the crowd from enjoying one of the truly dynamic and accomplished singer-songwriters currently on the French scene.
Around since 1988, Arthur H (who happens to be the brother of Izia, and who I featured earlier in the festival season) has an impressive catalog of music, as well as a number of live albums, which further proves what a talented and dynamic performer he is.
A truncated version of his complete concert, it nonetheless captures very nicely his work as a live musician and gives ample proof of his talent and vision. There are several instances where he reminded me of a young Tom Waits, with a touch of Peter Gabriel‘s Genesis tossed in for good measure.
So in case you missed it the first time around – here’s a chance to catch it again, via the venerable Swiss Radio. I would definitely crank this one up, if I were you.