Venue: The Basement, YorkDate: 10 July 2019
I traveled down to York to see this young lady after watching some of her videos on YouTube. Was blown away by her ability on the guitar. Arrived a little early at the Basement in York, not knowing what to expect, walked in to them sound checking and noticed how focused she was on getting the sound as best as possible for the night, it was truly worthwhile when the gig started.
She opened the show solo with an acoustic song
called How far can we go, I was instantly gobsmacked by her
vocals so pure and angelic totally amazing. the band came on
and they continued with build a boat and bittersweet from
her latest album ‘Suspension Dimension’.
She introduced her baby, her electric guitar, which
she made herself with help from a friend, it's called Two
Tone, influenced by one of her favourite guitarists Brian
May, whom she is now friends with and she has a second
guitar, correct me if I am wrong made in collaboration with
the great man himself and I think they be produced in the
It's funny you know because I wanted to see this show because I had seen a YouTube video of her playing, not realising I was going to witness a beautiful singer songwriter with exemplary guitar skills ... shame on me.
Continuing on she played a track called
‘Breaking Down’ from her album ‘The Whale’ and
another track called ‘Genies Out The Bottle’, from her
Next up a lovely jazz flavoured song called
‘Devils Disguise’, beautiful vocals. Soon found out
there was much more to this girl, most of the people at the
gig were her disciples and knew loads about her and her
influences, ranging like I said from Brian May, Jeff Beck,
Joni Mitchell, to name a few and not forgetting Eric
Johnson, whom she has opened for and played with him phew.
I also noticed Irish influences in her music. A jaw dropping acoustic version of the Mancini song ‘Moon River’, her vocals span a mighty four octaves, I was totally sold, you could hear a pin drop while she performed it. All of us attending were mesmerised, the only thing I had a grump about was the house lighting which could have been a lot better so I could get some good shots of her and her band.
Another track from her album ‘Mind Lion’
called ‘Voices In My Head’, also a cracking instrumental
I think called ‘Take ll’, which had a slight feel of
Satriani for me, loved it.
Review by: Bernie Penman
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