Thursday 14 September
Ten Tonnes + Dan Stock19:00 - 23:00
For someone who was, by his own admission, “extremely shy” as a young child, Ethan Barnett, aka Ten Tonnes, cuts a strikingly confident figure on stage. The 20-year-old musician from Hertford, a name on the lips of a select band of tastemakers but still some months away from launching himself on the world, looks as if standing in front of a packed crowd and knocking them dead with a breakneck set of songs is the most natural thing in the world. Among the songs are ones that Ethan has recorded, in the course of the past year, with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Cherry Ghost’s Simon Aldred and Hugo White from The Maccabees (who is in the audience tonight, looking on proudly). That’s a pretty impressive roll call, when you think about it. But Ethan, as his growing army of fans confirm, merits keeping such illustrious company.
One week earlier, over a drink in a west London bar, he had worried that his inter-song banter wasn’t up to much. In truth, it could do with some work, but that will come. Besides, the slight hesitancy in his on-stage chatter is in keeping with the air he gives off of a box-fresh, whip-smart new talent whose artlessness and unsmoothed edges are a crucial part of his charm. Add to that a breezy, seemingly effortless ability to fashion snap-crackle lyrics and earworm melodies, and it’s easy to see why the crowd fall at his feet.
Presented by Camden Assembly