Live Review: Lucy Rose at Lincoln Engine Shed – 30th April 2013

By on Monday, 6th May 2013 at 2:00 pm

At just 23 and sizing up at just a shade over 5 feet tall, you can be forgiven for thinking that onstage a sense of presence may elude Lucy Rose. The Warwickshire-born folk singer may only have one album to draw from, but extensive experience with Bombay Bicycle Club and on her own mean that she performs with the ability of a seasoned veteran of the scene.

She ambles awkwardly onto The Engine Shed’s Platform stage acoustic across her slight form and with an uncomfortable glance to the arrayed mass of 300 fans who stand affixed to the podium she sits atop she speaks: “I had to make this little contraption because I get worried that people can’t see me at the shows.”

So sitting poised she began as the show was to go on, as understated as an act of her billing can be. Letting her beautiful lyrics and sultry tones become the spectacle that the fans had waited for. After the opener her band join her on stage, with a 6-foot tall dreadlocked black man called ‘Simba’ on the bass proving to be a fan favourite without even uttering a word. [He was quite a favourite at SXSW 2013 too; read the review of her appearance on Huw Stephens’ UK Trade and Investment showcase here – Ed.]

Lines soar across the sweaty venue, with Rose noticeably entranced in the words, ”tell me if you love someone / she told you how to live your life / looking for something more / Don’t wanna be nobody else/and you let them know that”. Lucy’s charm is her daintiness and her sense of vulnerability, and that’s discounting the fact that she is immensely talented as a songwriter and a live performer. She connects with her audience effortlessly, as she engages in some casual banter with a punter who may have had one too many fizzy drinks and inadvertently fallen in love with the auburn songstress.

As the night progresses a song that has no name and barely any lyrics was debuted to mass applause. Whilst the best reception was reserved for ‘Bikes’ as every chorus of “the colours, they merge, they scream, they shout” is met by an increasingly loud wall of cheers. But for a solo artist who is in the infancy of her career, what impressed me throughout is that she never stopped thanking her fans. She takes nothing for granted and the set she played, which was heavy on her most well-known tunes was testament to the respect she bestows on her loyal supporters who chant every lyric back feverishly, each punter trying to lock eyes with Lucy when her gaze falls near them.

After the gig, she of course comes out to meet fans; she’s not a larger than life rock star, she’s a girl with brilliant songs, who knows what her audience appreciates, and by the evidence on show, they appreciate her a helluva lot back.

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