Jodie Marie - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
With interest suitably peaked from the likes of the sublime singles ‘Single Blank Canvas’ and ‘On The Road’, it wasn’t a hard decision to make when we were offered the chance to catch 20-year-old Welsh singer-songwriter Jodie Marie on the first London leg of her support slot on the Will Young tour.
Playing to a surprisingly full Shepherd’s Bush Empire given her early stage time – Will Young’s fans are clearly more hardcore than us given the freezing temperatures outside – Marie's set was disappointingly ten minutes shorter than on other nights of the tour although it hardly mattered: it took barely more than a song to make us wish it was March already so we could get our mitts on her full-length debut, Mountain Echo.
The set-up was simple – just a percussionist and guitarist for company – but we already knew from the singles that Jodie had a formidable weapon in her locker and so it proved. Her powerful, earthy, beyond-her-years vocals impressively filled out the Empire, with ‘On The Road’ and ‘Numb’ particular highlights with her vocals imbuing them with a strong emotion to go along with the subtle melodies. It’s apparent in the rest of the material displayed tonight; with simple arrangements and emotive vocals the focus and with it a strong blues influence, it’s all delightfully old-school and stunningly performed.
It’s all wrapped up tonight with a fittingly-titled effort: ‘Remember Me’. On this evidence, we have a feeling that Jodie Marie is going to be very hard to forget in 2012.
Photos by Lorne Thomson.
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ON THE ROAD
SINGLE BLANK CANVAS
I GOT YOU
WHAT WOULD IT TAKE