Tag Archives: Gig Review. Leaf

Roxanne de Bastion, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool. (2017).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

People tend to confuse themselves sometimes, the Universe is spectacular like that, believing that to be the best requires the finest of everything, the largest venue perhaps, the abundance of both food and drink on tap, and in this day and age either all for nothing or they are willing to brag about in the Netherspehere of social media that they paid thousands of pounds to a tout outside and that makes the evening perfect.

Thom Morecroft, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool. (2017).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Thom Morecroft at Leaf. May 2017. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

If ever there is a poll for the greatest artist to come out of Shropshire, there had better be a vote included on the ballot sheet for Thom Morecroft, not that such things in the end are important but for the man who made Liverpool his home and produces the type of music in which the veins inside the body crackle and pop with shuddering excitement, to which the nerves glisten with the sweat of anticipation and the joy of the smile is never far from the lips, such an accolade is always awaiting to be said with great sincerity.

Anaïs Vila, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Liverpool will always throw open its arms to the adventurous, to the talented and the seekers of more enlightened thought, it is the nature of the city to do so, it is in entwined in the D.N.A. of its people to share it, to talk about it and not keep it a secret. To travel across Europe, perhaps in the most awkward of times to hit the continent in an era of peace, to play in the home of British popular music is to be saluted. It is the side effect of the vote to leave Europe that people forget that art cannot exist without an audience, to have the conversation and to learn is a prerequisite of being human, the inquisitiveness to learn something new from another culture an unalienable right to the open minded.

Me And Deboe, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

There is a reasonable and compelling argument to be made to compare the tantalising work of Me and Deboe with the greatest of all musical partnerships, the phenomenally outstanding Simon and Garfunkel. The comparison isn’t in the voices or the appearance, but where it matters most in the defining action of the duos appreciation towards their audience, the way they are received and the true mastership of both their lyrics and of the beat they generate.

Limerance, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

It is an art to fall in love for the first time, the expectations are actually lower in the first minutes of any attraction than if you spin out the desire for a lengthy period; the pedestal only grows higher the longer you take to see the art in someone and the joy in their eyes in an up close and personal way. The quicker the introduction, the sooner it is you can let the infatuation with their song begin.

Astles, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Live music is important, everybody, the world, his wife and their sometimes ignorant children knows that the live arena is the most important approach for music in the 21st Century. Almost killed by rampant commercialism, the despicability of some streaming services not paying what an artist is due in full for their songs and the process of creativity being turned into a product rather than a little piece of their soul being turned into something beautiful and worth a lot more than money can buy; the live arena is the last natural place in which musicians of any standing get to feel appreciated.

Tiz Mcnamara, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

There is a cheeky, admirable quality to Tiz Mcnamara that crowds just cannot but help enjoy as he performs on stage in front of them. Having suggested with a glint in his eye and with the voice of pleasurable mischief coming through Leaf’s microphone, that he had swam all the way from Dublin to open for Rosenblume’s E.P. launch, there was no chance that he was going to leave Leaf’s packed audience without a smile on their face and a song in their already packed hearts.

Tommy Scott, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool.

Tommy Scott performing at Leaf, Liverpool. March 2015. Photograph reproduced with kind permission by Adran Wharton.

Tommy Scott performing at Leaf, Liverpool. March 2015. Photograph reproduced with kind permission by Adran Wharton.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

The flickering light supplied by the one reading lamp placed by an antique looking but initially comfortable chair, an audience waiting patiently, the sharp suit complementing the darkness that was settling in as Winter’s icy grip was beginning to thaw, two highly praised musicians waiting by his side, a small inflatable bird perched in his eye line. This was all that was needed to further enhance the ambience and feel of a wonderful 19th Century night of warning, musings and acoustically charged music was for Tommy Scott to deliver his evening at Leaf on Bold Street in the stylised tones of Edgar Allen Poe and a mysterious knocking on the lift at the back from a talkative raven.

Satin Beige, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool.

satin beige performing at Leaf in Liverpool. March 2015. Photograph reproduced with kind permission by Adrian Wharton.

Satin Beige performing at Leaf in Liverpool. March 2015. Photograph reproduced with kind permission by Adrian Wharton.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7.5/10

As Satin Beige finishes her support slot to Tommy Scott at Leaf, it’s possible to sit back and reflect upon a raw and flowering special talent that has just awoken many lost memories with her wonderful cello playing; exotic but with more than a hint of the moody regal nature that emanates from every pore and fibre of this young performer.

Wallis Bird, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool.

 

Wallis Bird at Leaf, Liverpool. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

Wallis Bird at Leaf, Liverpool. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

Liverpool Sound And Vision Rating 9/10

There is something uniquely endearing about Wallis Bird as she takes to the stage, something deeply fascinating and mesmerizing. It is as if the room upstairs at Leaf on Bold Street, known more perhaps for its gentility and courtesy has been suddenly transformed into the Liverpool Echo Arena. The mesmerising power of the individual to make the room appear so vast, to make the sound generated that of a collection of Concorde’s taking off simultaneously next to you and yet the true focus of attention appear so larger than life that their essence makes Wembley Stadium feel like a match box is one that makes you feel compelled to believe in power of mass hypnotism. All of this and yet the only weapons of choice is an acoustic guitar!