Anna Pancaldi, Bryde and Lyla Foy – 24th November 2018 – Hemelvaart Ayton
Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)
There are some artists you can see time and time again and it is always refreshing, take the artists Bryde and Lyla Foy for instance. I only saw them play the night before prior to this gig. This gig was last minute as it was a ‘day off’ but their friend Anna Pancaldi had a solo gig with no supports so traveling an hour plus up the A1 sounded great, for them and for me.
Hemelvaart is just past the border into Scotland and a little hidden gem in the village of Ayton and is known as a bier cafe and the beer is worth the drive (but do stay so you don’t drive after sampling the fine stuff!). Pair this with fine music then you are onto a great night.
Lyla opens the nights proceedings. The set begins with the final track; With The Night from her current album Bigger Brighter and it is such a soothing performance. If the lights had been dimmed more and there was a fire lit, what a cozy night it would have been. The audience are a very quiet bunch and seemed too polite to say anything, which in a way is good as we could hear every beautiful note Lyla gives us.
The first few songs Lyla performs are on keys and then moves to the guitar. After a few tuning problems we hear Impossible, which actually featured in an animated series called Bojack Horseman! A bit of tweaking here and there, we got a slightly different version for those familiar with Lyla’s music but non-the-less and being the natural talent that she is, it was a wonderful end to her set.
There’s no messing with Bryde as she manages to squeeze in seven songs into her short set with a mix of songs from her debut album, Like An Island, and a few EP tracks. We begin with Handstands and even get the quieter tracks like Wait. The audience remain their quiet selves and again this is a bonus. Over the past year I have seen Bryde a number of times and mainly backed by a band but this tour sees her solo and it is amazing. She looses non of her charm being solo. In fact her performance is that bit more captivating. I would say much more but I also love it when she plays with the band. The chemistry she has with the band is bounced off the audience instead on this night. We also get the wonderful cover of Bombay Bicycle Club’s Flaws as a duet with Lyla. Hearing them together is something to be witnessed and it’s great that I can say that I have had the privilege of seeing it performed twice.
Anna Pancaldi is a new name to me and an added bonus to the night although it was her headline show as I had come on the back of the Bryde and Lyla Foy tour. Being a music fan, especially of live music, I always try to get to see all acts on the bill and my original reasonings for being at the Hemelvaart show was the reverse of most people in attendance. We all got more than we bargained for.
An acoustic guitar accompanies Anna’s soulful tones as she opens with Promise We’ll Never Grow Old. Anna is also quite a character and in between songs we get stories of misheard Anne Marie lyrics to accidental roadkill and to finding the comfortable silence in between songs. Yes, there was that silence again but it definitely was at one with the room. Anna gets to showoff her talents more so and if you had her emotional charged vocals you would too, and we get an acapella version of Can’t Help Loving Dat Man from the musical Showboat and ends her set unplugged. Her set is very stripped back (as it is for Bryde and Lyla). After hearing the songs in this environment and then hitting the streaming sites to hear the full sound, it was definitely a pleasure to hear Runaway and Stay Right Here this way.
Bryde pointed out earlier that we were getting three female artists who are three very different artists. Lyla had her dream-pop, Bryde gave us her fierce and fragile indie and we finish on a more soulful vibe with Anna. In recent times there’s been a lot of talk of diversity in the music industry in that more female musicians should be placed higher on the bill at festivals and even headline them. What tonight proved at Hemelvaart is that there’s enough diversity amongst female artists that this should not even come into question. All three artists on this night are worthy of those much talked festival slots and airplay. They are actually better than some that gain those headline slots!
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