Word up (whatever that means). Oh, apparently it’s the code word and no matter where you say it you know that you’ll be heard. Good. So, pay attention and let me ask you all a question; what are you doing with yourselves on 21st February? Nothing? Thought as much. In that case may I suggest you slip your arses into gear and get over to Theta Cafe at Ipswich Waterfront, because there is a gig taking place featuring three gorgeous, extremely talented young women. And these women are: Fiona Bevan, Lucy Sampson and Rhiannon Mair.
The last twelve months have been something of a landmark for the wonderful Fiona Bevan. With a residency at Servant Jazz Quarters, London, and a co-songwriting credit (with Ed Sheeran) on One Direction hit ‘Little Things’, Fiona’s stock is on the rise. A bohemian rhapsody of curly-haired sunshine, angel-voiced Fiona writes quirky, beautifully conceived songs that send shivers down your spine and despatch your spirit skyward. Widely acknowledged in the music business as one to watch for her natural ability and originality as a songsmith, she is an absolute delight and will captivate you completely with her blend of soulful pop/folk.
A lovely, local girl-next-door-that-you-always-fancied, Lucy Sampson goes from strength to strength with her writing and performances. A growing fanbase which appreciates real talent means the future looks bright. And so it should. A very individual singer/songwriter she has an almost innocent charm and quiet confidence that belie her craft and skill. With country and folk influences and a voice as smooth as a polished dolphin, Lucy’s songs are catchy, tuneful creations of delicate beauty – her ‘Snuggle Song’ is one of the sweetest things you’ll ever hear. A loyal, hard-working supporter of the Suffolk music scene, Lucy Sampson is a musician worth following.
Virtually unknown on the local circuit until she stormed an open mic event recently at The Angel, Woodbridge, pretty little Rhiannon Mair has music in her blood. A singular writer and musician, producer and sound engineer, she takes convention and gives it a twist, which results in songs of depth and unexpected tenderness, honesty and heartbreak. Songs with rock and soul in their bones. Try to imagine someone like K T Tunstall, with a beautiful, raw edge. Or broken glass, covered in honey. An energetic performer on stage with a presence that can’t be ignored, and a debut album due in March, 2013 promises to be a big year for Rhiannon Mair.
Well, my hope is to have convinced you all to keep the evening of 21st February free so that you can give yourselves a treat by attending this event. These girls will not disappoint – having seen them all perform live – and you will thank me afterwards. But don’t hang about, pondering the state of your nasal hair, tickets are selling fast. Further details and tickets available via Blue Bus Tour’s Facebook page. All three can be followed/liked on Facebook/Soundcloud etc. as can Theta Cafe and The Angel, Woodbridge.
Wave your hands in the air like you don’t care, glide by the people as they start to look and stare. Do your dance, do your dance, do your dance quick Mama, come on baby tell me what’s the word…?
(Word Up by Cameo – sorry, Larry)