Charlene Soraia - Lancaster Library
There's a respectful hush as Lancaster Library opens its doors for round two of the Get it Loud in Libraries scheme. Opening act Nancy Kent may only play for a short time, but it’s clear with her powerful vocals and cutesy look, this local girl and her guitar are destined for big things. Support for the headliner's entire Moonchild tour comes from Dan Shears. His brand of gloomy folk, combined with an incredibly wide vocal range, gets the sold out crowd suitably warmed up and buzzing by the end of his set.
Top billing among the bookcases tonight goes to self-confessed "lunatic, in the literal sense of the word", Charlene Soraia. An obsession with the moon sets a theme for the evening, from the name of album (Moonchild) through to a mid-set chat about Ganymede, the biggest moon in the solar system apparently.
Opening her set with ‘Lemonade’, Soraia plays effortlessly, entrancing the entire audience the second she opens her mouth. Next up is ‘Bike’, which according to her dreamy ramblings, is ‘not actually about a bike at all’. What it is, however, is a display of intricate, prog-rock inspired riffs highlighted by her ability to reach an intense whistle tone.
When an artist begins their ascent because of a cover, their musical credibility is often questioned. Most of the audience here tonight are here because of ‘that cover’, a soft piano ballad version of ‘Wherever You Will Go’ by The Calling. Far from reluctantly including it, she plays with intense sincerity to a silenced crowd. Her voice soars above the droning tones of the accompanying organ. Compared to the calibre of other songs she presents tonight, this is the weakest offering (although still enjoyable), making it bittersweet that this is the track the majority will remember from tonight.
'Animal', a new track, is the set highlight. Setting the pace with a throbbing riff, the rhythm pulsates throughout the room, creating an energy that is inimitable. Played on a six string baritone guitar, the track is substantially solid and offset by Soraia’s soaring vocals.
Despite a relatively short headlining set, the quality of acts tonight more than made up for the quantity of material played. Charlene Soraia has left the audience hungry for more, so it’s rather good timing that the merch stand is offering cupcakes adorned with her album artwork. A truly scrumptious way to bring to an end another fine GiLiL event.