First up at the delightful small venue, on the third floor of a medieval pub, Whitehouse arrived with a fine new album to promote - That's Where I Belong.
Stripped down to voice and electric guitar, the album's songs lost no impact. In fact, they became even more intense given the singer-songwriter's emotive, whole-hearted delivery, particularly That's Where I Belong, You Brought The Sunshine and, one of his earlier songs, Why Don't We Dance.
He was back on stage as Hewerdine's co-guitarist on several songs including the rocking Sweet Honey In The Rock and Muddy Water.
Former front man of 80s band The Bible, Hewerdine can be described as the songwriter's songwriter, spanning genres from pop to folk and back again. He is also a genial, witty performer whose impressive set included his 'one hit' Patience of Angels (it was covered by Eddi Reader) and the freewheeling Harvest Gypsies.
He also showcased Cinderella, a song from a musical he is developing with Squeeze's Chris Difford, and a tribute to David Bowie, entitled Swimming In Mercury, from a new album due next year.
Catch them if you can at The Kitchen Garden Cafe in Kings Heath on October 5.
By Leon Burakowski