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Crowd Revved up by Sheffield star’s house gig

The Reverend Jon McClure plays a gig at the flat of student Connor Elliot at the gig in his flat in Sheffield

The Reverend Jon McClure plays a gig at the flat of student Connor Elliot at the gig in his flat in Sheffield

  • by Jon Ball
 

One of Sheffield’s favourite musicians played an unusual gig in the city – in the packed kitchen of a student flat.

Reverend and The Makers frontman Jon ‘The Reverend’ McClure played to about 40 people at the home of Sheffield Hallam University student Connor Elliott, after picking him via Twitter.

The Reverend is playing 32 house gigs – to mark both his age and the title of his band’s forthcoming album – and this week was the turn of South Yorkshire.

Connor, aged 20, a second-year maths with education student, of Edward Street in the city centre, said: “It was unbelievable. I tweeted Jon and he ended up coming round. I couldn’t believe he picked me.”

Connor’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Rachel Boddy said: “It was amazing. It was such a good show.”

Jon, who played a string of hits, including Heavyweight Champion of the World, Open Your Window and a cover of Bob Marley’s Jamming, before leaving for another house gig in Maltby, said: “It was hot and sweaty, but it was a good vibe.

“It’s about taking away the mystique of music. I write about real people’s problems and these gigs show people that I am a real person.”

 

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