Ian Janco, Gig Review. 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool. Threshold 2017.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Threshold is dear to people hearts for many reasons, not only for the creative freedom it installs in area of Liverpool that has taken the idea of bohemian and originality to different level but also for the way it embraces the artistic and the resourceful, it is an avenue of thinking that really endorses the way in which Ian Janco comes across in his performance.

A measured secret, one that many have had the pleasure of but one also that doesn’t seem to have the tongues wagging enough over; crowds may talk of his ability but it doesn’t seem to break the final iced over façade that keeps many a terrific young artist from being seen for the beauty they offer. Yet measured secrets are for breaking down and as part of this year’s Threshold, the people behind Liverpool Acoustic really had the ace in the proverbial bag as they exposed Ian Janco to the limelight, to the industrial applause of the people who would truly love the music.

Kitchen Street is a venue that perhaps espouses the ideals of resourceful, of the inventive, it is far removed from the clean cut and cerebral beauty of the Philharmonic Hall and yet when all things are taken into consideration it has the same resonance of spirit for its artist as any venue, if anything it takes the artist to a different world because they understand that bricks and mortar in the end are only dust and it is in the fabric of the performer that makes the set flow with cool and distinguished appeal.

Aided by Zak Langford, Connor Di Leo and Reiss Greenwell, Ian Janco offered so much groove in such a short amount of time that the innovation, the spark of imagination exploded and grew at a rate of knots. It was a set that heads visibly moved, hearts celebrating a new found sense of freedom and one that should be acknowledged as entertaining and excellent.

With songs such as Out of The Blue, Morning Light, Never Fall, the ingeniously made up on the spot Let The Games Begin and Life all playing their part in making the set one to remember, Ian Janco more that showed that being a healthy secret is sometimes overrated, what is needed is an audience who will relish every moment and scream the name of their find to everyone, something that people should be unafraid to do more often.

Ian D. Hall