Have you seen Gillian Welch live?

Several readers have recently been to see the singer-songwriter on her UK tour. Here's what they had to say …

The British leg of Gillian Welch's tour drew to a close this week with a final show at London's Hammersmith Apollo. Performing alongside her partner David Rawlings, Welch's tour took in venues from Brighton to Glasgow, and many guardian.co.uk/music readers were in attendance. Here's what some of them had to say on our live music thread.


I saw Gillian Welch & David Rawlings at Warwick Arts Centre on Sunday night. An absolutely spellbinding performance, I have never seen music so powerful, yet so simply played. She has a voice of extraordinary depth of feeling, & his guitar playing frankly makes that of the "rock gods" look flippant. Highly recommended.


I went to see Gillian Welch at the Armadillo in Glasgow on Sunday. It was excellent. No support, just Gillian and Dave Rawlings for something approaching two and a half hours. Incredible sound, incredible set, all round great night and one of the best gigs I've been to this year.


Gillian Welch & David Rawlings at Brighton Dome on Saturday was that rare beast, the perfect show. Their version of White Rabbit at the end was as scintillating as anything I've seen in live performance. Note to self: next time, don't pop out for a jimmy riddle as they're about to launch into Elvis Presley Blues.


Yes, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings at Brighton - best concert I have been to in ages, spellbinding is the word - spinetingling would do too. If you get a chance to see them in London, they are UNMISSABLE.


We were also at the show at Brighton Dome last Saturday. A superb, thrilling concert - truly sensational. Impeccable singing and playing. As others have said, the audience reaction was tremendous, and in the quiet passages you could have heard a pin drop. And I love the way they do that *eyes together humming lead in* to some of the songs.


Also saw Gillian Welch & David Rawlings in Brighton. It was definately one of the best shows I've ever seen. As well as the musicianship, the singing, the songwriting, the stetson and the boots, they also come across as totally charming - no front, no cynicism, just good honest total commitment to their music. The highlight - among so many highlights - for me was Revelator.


The last week has finished an epic run of gigs with Gillian Welch (& Dave Rawlings) at the Warwick Arts Centre. They played pretty much everything I'd have wanted to hear, apart from perhaps 'My Morphine' and 'I Dream a Highway'... they appear to mix the set up, so didn't get their cover of Radiohead's 'Black Star' or the cover of 'White Rabbit' Mr Wilde got. It was a mass of highlights and Rawlings' guitar-work was suitably hypnotic and reminded me of Bert Jansch - he even sounded a bit proggy on a couple of songs. My co-gigger wasn't quite so enamoured - he seemed to like the first set, but found the second set "too country" - though I felt there was a clue in the music of GW I'd leant him....He was disturbed by GW's thigh-slapping and basic line-dancing (if I'd had a notebook it might have read "charming; borderline-erotic") and he hadn't seen O Brother, Where Art Thou?, so didn't get the reception for 'I'll Fly Away' or the reason why it had to be in the encore. For me it was another 5 star gig in quite a run of them of late...At home I've been listening to her lots lately - why did I leave it so long to catch them? & when are they coming back?

• If you've been to any nights on the Gillian Welch tour, let us know what you thought in the thread below. To read Guardian writer Alfred Hickling's review of Monday night's show at Manchester Apollo, see here.


Adam Boult

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