Live review: Shannen Bamford EP launch Support from Vanessa Murray, Just By Chance, and Thom Morecroft @ Heebie Jeebies basement Saturday 15th June 2013
On arrival at the basement of Heebie Jeebies I was welcomed by what seemed liked a grotto. The arches were adorned with fairy lights and long chain like decorations with paper planes hanging from them. There was a general buzz in the room with a calming friendly atmosphere. I introduced myself to Shannen, The first thing I noticed was that she had changed her hair colour. She is now blonde. New EP, new look maybe.
The evenings entertainment started quite early and unfortunately I missed two of the support artists, Vanessa Murry and Thom Moorcroft. Next on the tiny stage was a two piece, Just by Chance – Liz Owen and Andy Jones. Fresh on the heels of their their recent support act for Midge Ure. They played an energetic set with some clever guitar work and voices that complemented each others style.
After a short break for refreshments etc, Shannen appears on stage at 9.30pm. Maybe a little nervous but remained professional in the delivery of her first song Fallen which started with some slow and soft strumming. The crowd serge forward making the set more intimate. Applause and cheering as she worked her way through the set list, Break Through, Lost You, Hide and Don’tLet Go, such a sad song, gentle chords with the violin weeping throughout this lovely track. The crowd go mad continuing with their support. Control builds up gently and the audience start clapping along to the melody. Change, again starts with a soft intro, with an echo on Shannen’s voice. The cello and flute stand out on this track. The song closes with a beautiful piano solo which flows in to Breathe Me. The vocals speak of hold me, wrap me up and warm me up. Definitely the stand out track of the evening. The set continues with Still Mine and Without You. Shannen tells the audience that its Simon the pianists birthday, followed by an impromptu rendition of Happy Birthday, the crowd join in with jeering and applause. For the last song LeftBehind, Shannen sits at the piano and is accompanied by the string section bringing the set to an end.
I have to say this was a tremendous evening, The audience were fantastic. The set was beautifully balanced and Shannen’s passion and energy light up the room.
Shannen has just released some dates for your diary.
Ian Sharp is originally from Wigan, but grew up in Liverpool. He is passionate about music and although hard of hearing has learnt to appreciate music in its purist form. A musician in the making he enjoys many genres but particularly likes folk, Indie and alternative music. He's a big fan of Twitter and would be lost without his iPhone.