Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 17 April 2022
BURBAGE-BASED soul singer Andy Pierce treated patrons at Hinckley’s Revival bar on Regent Street to soul and reggae classics last night (16 April) – and he even had many raising their glasses whilst chanting “yamas!”, before holding an impromptu disco near the bar.
The night was off to a flyer from the moment that Pierce picked up the microphone and started with the first song in his set of the night – his ever-popular, loud, and powerful rendition of “Soul Man” by Sam and Dave.
The soulful classic proved so popular so that many customers couldn’t resist joining in the fun and singing along with him.
This was then followed by a cover of Wilson Pickett’s “In The Midnight Hour”.
During the instrumental break of each song performed, Andy had encouraged crowd members to simultaneously chant “yamas!”, which is the Greek word for “cheers”, as they held their glasses in the air, before taking a sip of their drinks.
Throughout one song, he had to go and grab a spare piece of equipment from his car, but carried on with the performance – he headed outside with his microphone, encouraging those in rival Regent Street pubs and clubs to head to Revival instead.
Audience participation made the night all the more fun, and was welcomed, as throughout the chorus of Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood”, many done just that – in time with Pierce – as he was singing: “Oh you better knock, knock – on wood, baby!”.
After this, Andy decided to ‘mix things up’ in his performance of “Stand By Me” by Ben E King, treating Revival to a unique medley, using the chorus of “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston, followed by part of the UB40 version of “Every Breath You Take”.
And, by the end of the night, punters had seemingly turned into clubbers, as they shown off their dance moves by dancing all together along to his covers of “I Got A Woman” by Ray Charles, as well as “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley and The Wailers.
His unique medleys going together so swiftly show why he is a fantastic broadcaster for the BBC’s local radio station, BBC Radio Leicester, and proves to be a fan-favourite when he livestreams a ‘mic cam’ of his shows through video-sharing app, TikTok.
Pierce’s powerful singing voice perfectly demonstrates why he won Cyprus’ equivalent of the X-Factor – the ‘Search for a Star’ competition back in 2011.