Now for some reason the fact that this dude has too many first names going on in his title has led me to get it wrong a billion times, but here goes (she Googles to double check – and yes I am referring to myself in the third person)… Lewis Floyd Henry delighted Cardiff with his presence on a bit of a UK tour, visiting a venue that was appropriate to his quirkiness. Quite the Cinderella tale, Henry has risen from the depths of busking all over London, eventually gaining a record contract that saw him release his first album ‘One Man and His 30w Pram’ last year.
Henry cracked out his famous pram and set up his battery powered amp and midget sized drum kit, while a crowd of wedding guests who had lost their way flocked in and stared in anticipation of what they might see here. He took us on a musical journey showcasing what he has learned throughout his life, from folky blues through to some intense rock tunes worthy of comparison to Hendrix. The bustling audience danced away while Henry told us to ‘screw those devils’, and Gwdihŵ had never seen so much bum-shaking I can tell you. Henry seemed to be having the time of his life and his passion for music shone through; this guy is a well practiced performer who knows how to entertain an audience, and no doubt he can credit busking to harsh audiences in the wind and rain for those skills.
This audience had never felt so released of their demons, and I’m sure mightily grateful they hadn’t ended up in the room they were supposed to with some Chas ’n’ Dave imitating wedding band. You won’t find anyone moving on Lewis Floyd Henry on the street again, and I’m sure to his delight he can be assured that from now on he will only be playing places with walls, where he can serve up his hot blues and rock and roll soul. JT