Mike Last @ Molloys – What’s on Southwest review

18th September 2005

Molloys is the definitive Torbay Pub. It has all of the ingredients you would expect, including the essential weekly live music menu. What was great about this week’s blackboard special was that it was just that – live music. There are only a handful of performers left in the bay content, with the simplicity of acoustic guitar and vocals, and to be honest it is refreshing to know that not everybody needs a karaoke machine.

Tonight’s performance was relaxed, spontaneous and unpredictable. That is to say that the song choices seemed completely impromptu, with some keen interaction from the crowd who were eager to test the performer’s repertoire. What’s particularly impressive is the passion Mike has for what he does. Choosing to play less frequently and more exclusively than most is possibly the key to harnessing such passion.

He is definitely not shy when it comes to holding debates with the audience between songs, which makes for a very cosy, informal evening. ‘It’s really a dream come true. Having the opportunity to connect with a room-full of people with just a guitar and a voice is quite special, you never really quite get used to it. Molloys has a unique atmosphere. It’s like ‘Cheers’ with live music. Everybody knows your name, and the crowd has discerning and varied musical taste. They’re really into it.’

This is a musician who carefully selects unusual and challenging songs to cover, and mixes in a quality selection of original compositions. Such a cocktail adds unique flavor to an emotive performance. Another Must-see from What’s on Southwest!