Tuesday 19th August 2014.
by Keith Jobey
Magic Teapot promotions hosts a candlelit, seated evening at the Musician showcasing three vocal talents.
Lucy Davies-Kumadiro is a tuneful teenage talent writing songs about her experiences to date, such as her worst day at school, crushes and making life decisions. An OBS unplugged finalist alongside tonight’s headliner, the relative newcomer to the stage showed little sign of nerves and engaged the audience plenty between songs.
The slight huskiness to her voice and the quality of her delivery seem contradictory to her age. She ends her set with a song called The End despite, as she admits, forgetting the words to it at Simon Says Festival. I’m left thinking that if she has written such good songs already with her limited life experience, what classics will she pen to in the future?
Jayde Morrison is next. Do you remember her? A few years ago, in a time when Myspace was the place to track bands, a Leicester duo by the name of Death, No Less came to my attention. They only played a few gigs and I never got to see them live. A friend of mine did and described them at the time as ‘his new favourite band’.
The singer was Jayde Morrison, the drummer Andy Bennett. Andy of course went on to We Three And The Death Rattle, Jayde… well I don’t know what she’s done in the intervening years, but she’s here tonight and it’s great to see her re-emergence. The style is little different from those Death No Less days. It’s a confident acoustic set dominated by covers with a couple of her own songs ‘to bore you with’ she tells us. The doom laden angst of Death No Less is not present, but the powerful voice is still there and her own songs certainly aren’t boring. So now we’ve witnessed the re-emergence of Jayde Morrison, will we see the re-emergence of some Death No Less songs Jayde’s set! I hope so.
It’s a full band appearance from Elizabeth Cornish tonight so Matthew Russell, Adam Wykes and Jason Skinner add some power to Elizabeth Cornish’s pop. Although saying that it begins with an impeccable solo rendition of Not As Strong by Elizabeth. But it’s full band from then on and they’re sounding good. The power and the pop combining to full effect in Above Ground, Harder and Folds. The main set concludes with the new song We’re Not Perfect but that isn’t enough for the crowd who demand more. So Elizabeth and Jason reappear for a rendition of the seldom played Saint.
It’s been a busy period for them since they launched their album Displaced. So they are soon to take a well earned break from gigging to concentrate on a second album, so you may not see them playing live again this year. But on the plus side… second album!