Blue is the colour for Flash singer

Mark Morriss
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Mark Morriss
Lantern Theatre, Sheffield

The days of fronting a band in front of thousands of people may have gone, but singer Mark Morriss can still captivate an audience – even if it is just him and a guitar.

The former lead singer of Britpop heroes The Bluetones returned to Sheffield for a second sell-out solo gig at the city’s beautifully intimate Lantern Theatre – and once again wowed the 90-strong crowd.

The 41-year-old is on the road promoting his second solo album, A Flash of Darkness, following Memory Muscle five years ago.

On stage with just a guitar, mic and couple of speakers, he kept the audience in the palm of his hand.

Tracks from both solo efforts were interspersed with a sprinkling of Bluetones hits as well as stories of life on the road.

The humour was self-deprecating as he recalled the halcyon days of top -10 hits and magazine covers – ‘we had ambition then’ – amid more modern tales like driving a little hire car between venues after breaking down in Scotland.

The fame may have faded, but the talent lives on.

Catch Mark supporting Shed Seven at the O2 Academy, Sheffield, on Sunday, December 8. For tickets, visit gigsandtours.com