Baz Reviews: August’s Acoustic Sessions
After launching our collab with The Jam House guys last month, I headed down to this month’s Acoustic Sessions on Wednesday to check out the artists and enjoy a bit of midweek music!
I arrived a little late, and missed the opening set from George Wilson (sorry George!) so the first act I caught was Bryn Teeling. Armed with an acoustic guitar, he performed original songs that had a flavour of Crowded House/Neil Finn. I was impressed with Bryn’s vocal range and powerful delivery. Nice work Bryn, I’ll be looking to see you perform again!
Next up, Esther Turner. I’ve been aware of Esther for a while now, and having seen her perform in the flesh, it’s safe to say I am a fan! Performing mainly covers on an acoustic guitar with her own little twist, Esther was a delight. An amazing range, her pitch was spot on, and she delivered with an infectious smile! Seeing Esther fronting a full band would be cool to see…
Shelly Quarmby performed her set of original songs on the house piano, and what a class act! Beautifully crafted songs, sang with passion and sublime control. Having seen Shelly perform with a full band too, I thought the intimacy of the piano and vocal particularly suited this set. Gentle, late night and very radio friendly.
All the way from Coventry, Jack Hopkinson sang all original songs except for one cover. Jack has a very likeable tone to his voice, and his songs had a touch of Americana about them. I thought he was just a little too off-mic at times to catch the detail, but I could definitely feel the magic! I hope to see Jack perform again very soon and get to know his songs a little more.
Finally, and again from Coventry, was Malc Evans performing songs accompanied by Chris on the piano. I’ve known Malc for a good few years now and seen him go from a nervous newcomer, to a confident and energetic performer! Malc’s songs have character, fun and great stories and I dare anyone to see one of his performances and not come away smiling! Combining acoustic guitar, ukulele, kick drum and piano Malc had the audience joining in and being a real part of the show.
All in all, it was a great night, with some quality performances and a very appreciative audience! The Jam House is a great venue, with an attentive house engineer and very friendly staff. Free entry showcasing talented new acts in a top venue – Ben Drummond’s Acoustic Sessions night is a gem! Get down to the next one…Hope to see you there!