UnpluggedFinales2015

Ruben Wisner at the obsUnplugged in 2015

Saturday 14th February 2015

obsUnplugged finales

Review by Trevor Locke; photos RhinoFeroSs

Tonight at the Musician we heard:  James Cull, Reuben Wisner, Mikey Vickers, Andessa Martin,  Gavin Bradshaw, Olivia Rose Deane, Emily Crane, Blue Skies in June, Edd Saffell Band,  Blueshine Brothers.

The fifth obsUnplugged reached its conclusion this weekend with two music-packed shows at The Musician. A large crowd had turned out tonight to support the ten artists on the line-up. The varied line-up offered a good selection of musical styles.

Yesterday, another selection took to the stage (see below.)

All the artists performing at these weekend shows had previously performed at the 2015 obsUnplugged events.

James Cull

James Cull
James Cull

Guitar-playing solo singer James Cull brought his unique style of music to the mic. His selection of soulful songs were delivered with a fine strong voice, and he gave us songs that were passionate and rich in mood and atmosphere. Lots to listen to here. Sporting a huge punk crest on his head, he certainly stood out from the others.

James Cull on Facebook

Reuben Wisner

Reuben Wisner
Reuben Wisner

An outstanding singer/songwriter, his songs do not lack depth and have lyrical appeal, sensitivity and passion; Reuben has a voice that has character and quality.  What makes him outstanding is his own music.  Still young, he lacks the robust impact of some of the more seasoned artists, but his songs have an ear-grabbing appeal and can pull on heart-strings.  With clear articulation, his lyrics shone. Sadly tonight’s audience was a particularly noisy one. Wisner’s set of songs was captivating;  using loop pedals for some of the songs, he added an additional layer of rhythm into his music.   He usually does his sing-along number, teaching the audience the words that he wants them to sing and drawing those at the front into the music. Wisner is a young artist with lots of talent and one that many people would certainly want to see again.

Excellent

Reuben Wisner on Facebook | Reuben Wisner’s first performance at Unplugged on 4th January

Mikey Vickers

Mikey Vickers
Mikey Vickers

The singer and songwriter from Groby is known for his vibrant performances. The one-time band lead singer now has a solo career. Performing his own songs, he delivered an attractive set of fast-paced numbers and moments of subtlety. Vicker’s powerful voice was well able to deal with the background clamour of the room.  A true song man, he had the confident presence  of a seasoned performer.

Michael Vickers on Facebook

Andessa Martin

Andessa Martin
Andessa Martin

A engaging artist with her own set of songs, her fine voice brought vivacious vocals to the room. She performed at the Western Park festival last year.

Andessa Martin on Facebook

Gavin Bradshaw

Gavin Bradshaw
Gavin Bradshaw

The multi-instrumentalist from Nottingham brought an amazing new set of sounds to the night. The audience really got into his playing.  He used a bass guitar with pedal effects and an African instrument called a Kalmiba, the notes of which are plucked. A very unusual act that drew an enthusiastic response from people.

Astonishing

Gavin Bradshaw’s web site

Olivia Rose Deane

Olivia Rose Deane
Olivia Rose Deane

The lyrical songs of Olivia Rose Deane drew a positive response from the audience;   she played guitar in some songs and keyboard in others. The Leicester singer and songwriter featured on our magazine

Olivia Rose Deane on Facebookfeature article about her performance at The Exchange

Emily Crane

Emily Crane
Emily Crane

The audience gave a warm welcome to Emily Crane and her set of upbeat lyrical songs. Crane’s first song provided a strong, vibrant opening to her set. She filled the room with her richly fulsome voice; her vocals packing plenty of punch. Emily Crane’s set of heart-warming and ear-pleasing songs were delivered with energy, as she gave us a commanding performance.  The audience watched her intently and by the end of her set she had them cheering.

Emily Crane on Facebook

Blue Skies in June

Blue Skies In June
Blue Skies In June

The four- to five-piece group from Leicester describe their music as ‘Fresh twists on covers of pop, indie, rock, blues, dance, rock ‘n’ roll, bluegrass.’  Offering a good vocal layer to their songs, they delivered a vibrant and enjoyable set.  On stage tonight with them was Hilary Fox, better known as a member of Leicester band Smokin’ The Profit.

Blue Skies In June
Blue Skies In June

Blue Skies in June on Facebook

Edd Saffell Band

Edd Saffell Band
Edd Saffell Band

Folk/indie music makers from Leeds gave a really switched-on performance.  It was that end of the evening when people were ready to let their hair down, do a little dancing get into the vibes of Edd Saffell’s thumpingly compelling songs.   The band gave us a beltin’ set of musical delights.

Edd Saffell Band
Edd Saffell Band

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Blueshine Brothers

Blueshine Brothers
Blueshine Brothers

The final act of tonight’s line-up provided a resounding conclusion to the evening. Having waited for a very long time, the three members of the group – Stu Crown – Vocals and Guitar, Jonny Eve – Mandolin and backing vocals and James Jarvill – Banjo and backing vocals – were finally able to deliver their set of bluegrass songs.

Blueshine Brothers
Blueshine Brothers – James Jarvill

It takes a very special group of musicians to get up and sparkle at the end of a big evening but that is exactly what they did.  The party turned in a hoe-down and the whole room was soon dancing and clapping along to the infectious rhythms and scintillating sounds that marks out Blueshine Brothers as one of Leicester’s top musical acts.

Marvellous

Stu Crown called for a “big round of applause for Andy Man, tonight’s sound engineer.”

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A tonight’s compère, Sean Tizzard, said “the two finales present the crème de la crème
of the 2015 obsUnplugged.

On Friday 13th, the line-up was Dexeter, Tony Alles, Guy Jones, Ross Darby, Idle Empire, Michael Kurtz, The Bellatones, Claire Schofield, Lucy Davies-Kumadiro and Paige Roberts ft Ellis Crowson.

The fifth obsUnplugged brought many good acts to the stage of The Musician.  Some of the artists who are from Leicester or who perform here are amongst the best in the Midlands, if not the whole of the UK. As one artist said to me recently “Leicester singer’s and acoustic artists are better than most of the bands from Leicester.”  Now that deserves thiking about!

See also:
Our summary of the 2015 obsUnplugged shows.

Our reviews of obsUnplugged shows of 2015

 Friday 2nd January
Sunday 4th January
Tuesday 6th January
Thursday 8th January
Wednesday 14th January

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The Editor of Music in Leicester magazine is Kevin Gaughan assisted by Trevor Locke