James Morrison promises 'peace and love' for fans when he plays Down Hall
James Morrison has promised to play his full repertoire of his greatest hits in his appearance at Down Hall Country House Hotel.
The popular singer-songwriter – with two number one albums, a BRIT award and more than 7m worldwide sales to his name – returned to the limelight after a four-year absence with his hit album You're Stronger Than You Know.
He will perform on Sunday, June 16 at the inaugural open-air event in the countryside setting of the Hatfield Heath venue's grounds, with support from Tom Ryder, the former Bishop's Stortford High School student who has won fans as a singer-songwriter and the Indie's music writer.
Jools Holland is set to wow the crowds at the same venue on the Essex/Hertfordshire border 24 hours earlier.
But with an impressive back-catalogue, including five top-10 UK hits, Morrison insists he will ensure there is the right blend between the old and the new material to please everyone.
He said: "Basically, it's a greatest hits gig with some new stuff thrown in!
"I've been playing with the set list a bit over the past few months. It stays quite similar but I like to tweak things a little bit.
"I just try to play the things that people want to hear. I play all the hits plus some new stuff. I think the fans will hear the songs they want to hear and some songs from the new record, which have been going down very well.
"I'm not the sort of artist who will plough a load of new stuff into a set but they are going down well and people know the songs, so it's been good so far.
"We normally have a few tunes which are interchangeable but I want to get the set list banging and I know the songs are in a good order to give people the chance to get into it.
"We're not changing loads of stuff every night but we are still tweaking it a little bit as we go along."
Morrison expects his loyal following to show up in their numbers for his Down Hall show to help create the usual warm atmosphere – especially such a sedate countryside setting. Although he did reveal an unusual incident from a recent live performance, which he admits was a first at one of his concerts.
He smiled: "I was just about to play a love song Wonderful World and I said just before I started playing 'let's all keep believing it's a wonderful world'. Then I'd just started and suddenly I noticed these two guys having an argument. Then they started beating the heck out of each other – I must admit, I didn't really expect to see that at one of my gigs!
"Not too many fighters tend to come to my gigs. I can understand it if it was a big, raucous rock band or something but I'm not really that guy. It's like having a mosh pit at a Cliff Richard gig – you just don't expect to see it!
"I think they were a couple having a bit of a domestic but I heard it was all ok in the end thankfully.
"Let's just say I don't expect to see anything like that at Down Hall! It's all about the peace and love."
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