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Live Review: Nick Mulvey, Rescue Rooms (31/10/2014)

Nick Mulvey stakes his claim as a rival to the acoustic juggernauts of Ben Howard and Ed Sheeran in this ethereal evening of soothing songs and sweet melodies.

While there wasn’t an abundance of difference between his live set and the album, this didn’t detract much from Nick’s overall aura of enchantment. He kicked off the evening with a rendition of “April”, one of the slower songs off the album, but as the song progressed the background chatter of the crowd died away as they became transfixed on Nick’s astoundingly talented playing. Despite the set only having a couple of up tempo songs included in it, there was an undeniable buzz in the room which reached its climax during the last and most popular song, “Cucurucu”. Covers included the fairly unknown “Look At Miss Ohio” by Gillian Welch and the more popular “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake. They were well picked and contrasting covers, with Welch’s song being easy to sing along to by an initially confused crowd, and Drake’s megahit being soulfully Mulvey-fied.

Covers included the fairly unknown “Look At Miss Ohio” by Gillian Welch and the more popular “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake

It would be a disservice to talk about this gig without mentioning Nick’s backing band who compromised of a bassist/double bassist, two percussionists and a keyboardist. A worthy and talented band to be sure but one of the percussionists who doubled up as a backing singer seemed, for want of a better word, unnecessary. Her voice could have provided some harmonious backing vocals but either the microphone was too low or she’d had a fall out with the sound people; you couldn’t hear her for toffee. A shame.

Go see this man while he’s still on tour and paying in intimate venues

Aside from minor hiccups, the performance was a storming success and an incredible opportunity to see an emerging talent in his element on stage. Go see this man while he’s still on tour and paying in intimate venues.

Liv Clark and Henry Herbert

Liv is listening to: ‘Rabbit hole’ – Jamie T

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