Last night Owen Ashworth played his last ever show as Casiotone For The Painfully Alone to a completely sold-out Cargo. It was the perfect goodbye show, with just him and his instruments. He played a long set…well, in “indie time” anyway….one and a half hour, the songs chosen mainly through audience requests and spanning his entire “career”…We Have Mice, Ice Cream Truck, Scattered Pearls, New Year’s Kiss, Old Panda Days, Graceland, I Love Creedence etc etc…before finishing with a stunning version of Hobby Bobby.
It’s sad to see him go, but 13 years of pouring your heart out, has to be enough for one person. He promised to be back under a different name in a couple of years. I guess nobody knows quite what to expect, but I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait. And, until then, at least we’ll still have his records.