Review of Roo Panes on the Black Isle Brewery Grassroots stage at Belladrum, 9th of August, 2014.
Roo Panes arrived following a spot of trout fishing the previous day endearing himself with his love of our part of the world.
He seemed to draw a sizeable pocket of fairly young women in the audience. I’m not sure what the attraction of the sometime Burberry model was.
Musically there is a gentleness in Roo’s delivery. He sings from the heart but that is not to say that he can’t sing from the rooftops when he wants.
His set was played with only him and his twelve string guitar but guaranteed that on his next return north he will come with accompaniment. This will be welcome, not just for his extended band, but for an extended set.
Last song ‘Silver Moon’ drew it to an all too soon conclusion; the programme had him finishing at five minutes after five but he finished a good few before the hour. Nothing like leaving your audience wanting more.