Beth Rowley - Roundhouse London

Bristol's Beth Rowley captivated a fairly rowdy audience, waiting not very patiently for headliner Newton Faulkner the minute she opened her mouth.
Starting set opener "Nobody's fault but mine" in solo mode Beth's voice soared to the back of the Roundhouse, quietening the masses, turning them into a very attentive crowd.
Eventually her band joined in with the song bringing the soul tinged track to a close.
I watched Beth live at London's Water Rats venue on a couple of occasions towards the end of last year, playing to fairly intimate audiences so it was great to see her performing to a large crowd that seemed to be enjoying what they heard.
Beth has her debut album "Little dreamer" released in a couple of months and her set was pulled from the forthcoming collection.
Second song "Sweet hours" was previously released on an EP last year and is my favourite Beth song to date.
It's a very late night affair with Beth's vocals reminiscent of Dusty Springfield when the chorus kicks in.
Beth's current single was next up."Oh my life" is a lot more mainstream sounding than the tracks on her EP with a lighter feel to it rather than her tracks more suited to the wee small hours.
The only low point of the evening for me was Beth's cover of Bob Dylan's "I shall be released".
I'm no fan of the man himself and hate the song!
I'm afraid it may be my cue in the future for a bar visit or toilet break as it features on her album so looks set to appear in her live act for a while.
One of the highlights of Beth's way too short set was "Almost persuaded" with it's Gospel tinged vocals.I don't know if it's a cover but I could imagine Elvis singing it back in the day.
One thing I noticed about Beth throughout her set was she would pour her heart into her performances, being fairly serious but each time the song was drawing to a close she'd let a bit of Beth slip out, becoming more animated, happy and playful showing a different side of her character which was always a joy to watch.
Beth left the Roundhouse stage to a roar of applause, gaining several new fans in the process.
A lot of female singers have been grouped together in the media including Beth, Duffy, Adelle and Gabriella Cilmi.
Beth's certainly my favourite out of the bunch anyway.
I look forward to her debut album and more live performances in the future.

Last updated: 19/04/2018 00:09:19

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