Si Cranstoun Live Review @ The Borderline


Si Cranstoun Music Review @ the Borderline London

The sell out gig at the Borderline highlighted a style in part based on legends such as Jackie Wilson & Louis Prima. Si Cranston’s song-writing is emphasised by the majority of new material he performed from his new album Modern Life, taking him to a new level, if the appreciation of the audience is anything to go by.

His vocal style and polished brass section complimented great songs like Tick Tock, Caught in the Moonlight and the horrendously catchy Never Gonna Let you go, now I understand why he has been called the Sam Cooke of Croydon!

Si’s unique style and dance moves set him apart from  other artists on the scene right now and with the major labels backing it feels like he could be set to be the king of the vintage scene to Imelda May’s queen. Originally making a name for himself on the vintage music scene with performances at Atomic and Twinwood this year, it’s clear to see why Si has broken through in to the mainstream.

With a 13 song set that was exploding with energy from the off, Si opened with  Clifford Brown – Max Roach Quintet 1955 ~ The Blues Walk followed by ‘Shout Out’ and Let The Good Times Roll. Next Si performed his killer new single ‘Dance for Evermore’ which is set for release this week.

Cranstoun is a total natural in the spotlight and held his own. His infectious dance moves and soulful vocal tone had the audience wanting more and more, Si completed his set with another 3 tracks including Build me up buttercup. If I have one criticism of the night, there were so many people at the gig that there was not a great deal of room to dance!

You can still catch Si Cranstoun perform at Bluesfest at the end of the month – For a full list of live dates please visit for more information.

Photograph Credit : Richard Thorpe

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