Larger than Life: The big man comes to Wiveliscombe!
Jonathan Veira – Songs and Tales Tour
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The amazingly talented and versatile international singer Jonathan Veira, with the most beautiful voice, is coming to St Andrews Church, Wiveliscombe as part of his new ‘Jonathan Veira – Songs and Tales Tour’. Jonathan is essentially a musical chameleon – performing songs of great diversity to an incredibly high standard – which quite possibly makes him unique in the world of entertainment. Indeed – ‘…better than anyone else in the UK’ is how As The Stage recently described him. From Billy Joel to Mozart and everything in-between – nothing seems too hard for him! Ballads, blues, rock n roll, jazz and even opera – everything sounds completely authentic and exhilarating. Accompanying himself on the piano with amazing dexterity, his glorious singing of his songs frequently moves people to tears and then they find themselves weeping with laughter at his tales!
The Sunday Express called him sensational and Jonathan Veira’s show is undeniably sensational because you get so much more than just ‘the voice’. He is a superb comic raconteur, whose anecdotal story-telling has people of all generations laughing helplessly. When did you last see young and old rocking with laughter together? A naturally funny man, Jonathan’s infectious humour draws you in to his joyful presence – before long he feels like a good friend. He chats about his life and faith in a totally natural and honest way – without awkwardness or jargon. It is an evening you will remember for a long, long time.
Recently praised in The Independent for his brilliant performance – ‘larger than life and utterly credible’, and by The Standard that his comedy outshines others, international singer Jonathan Veira is no stranger to venues that hold thousands of people, but he is changing his habits. Instead of appearing on stage singing -to great acclaim -to thousands, he is choosing to perform his solo show in far more intimate settings.
When asked why he is putting aside his international singing for a while and doing his Songs and Tales show, Jonathan answers
I’m energised by doing these shows because of the closeness and interaction with the audience – I love entertaining people. It’s wonderful to be able to incorporate the wide variety of music that I love to perform and I love having the freedom to make people laugh out loud! I have had so many funny experiences in my life – none of them planned! If something is going to wrong it is usually when I am around and it always makes people laugh. We all need to laugh more and I believe that the fantastic music and the joyful laughter together make my show unique.
For nearly 30 years I have been singing in opera all around the world whilst also developing my ‘Audience with JV’, which actually began about 25 years ago. The ‘side-show’ has gradually taken on a life of its own … spawning two DVDs, nine gospel CDs and a list of venues wanting to host the show. We’re excited that this Tour will give airspace to JV simply being JV with an audience.
It is rare these days to find someone who can sing beautifully, entertain and make people of all ages laugh, and possibly even cry. To communicate in a family friendly way, without using bad language as JV does is remarkable – it’s a reputation to be proud of.