A trio of local unique and up-and-coming acts took to the Sherling Studio at the Lighthouse for this month’s showing of Live & Unheard.
The First Half
The show kicked off in front of a full audience with 16-year-old singer-songwriter Issy Whitlock, who has remarkably been writing music since she was 12. Don’t let this lady’s youthful appearance fool you. Her songs tell genuine, mature stories that at least some of us can relate to. From families dealing with illness to bullying; from deception to summer romances. Each executed with a silky smooth delivery and a vocal style reminiscent of Christina Perri, plus very confident guitar playing.
Moving on from the soloist to the electric-acoustic duo Soul Creek. They produced a phenomenal set of rock, blues and modern country. Filled with numbers any of us can imagine having on in the car. Light injections of humour came from the singer and acoustic guitarist Jack Lande, 23, whose recent self-admitted vocal issues had been “carefully worked into the set”. Meanwhile, electric guitarist Ben Parker, 26, kept up a strong and silent role throughout. He produced atmospheric sounds on his instrument that one would not ordinarily think possible. Truly unique and awe-inspiring.
The Second Half
After a glittering first half, one would think it was a hard act to follow. However, We Are Robot – our final act for the evening – was by far the audience’s favourite. This band is a quartet who showed off a programme of upbeat originals, peppered with a couple of favourites from The Beatles and Bill Withers. They also encouraged sing-alongs. Their chemistry as a band and the excellence of their playing was complemented by the bantering and self-deprecating humour passed between singer-songwriters Chris Ralph and Paul Denson. The audience loved these guys so much that they immediately demanded an encore.
Live & Unheard gives local musical talent a platform to show off their skills, while audiences can support them while also enjoying a varied and unique evening of entertainment. Highly recommended for anyone who loves live music. In fact, this monthly event should be a regular fixture in the diary.