Review: Hudson Taylor in Bristol

Folk-pop duo, Hudson Taylor, took to the stage at Bristol’s Trinity Centre last night and wowed the audience with an impressive set.

The Irish duo is made up of brothers Alfie and Harry who are set to release their debut album, Singing for Strangers, on the 30th of March. Since 2012, Hudson Taylor have released a number of EPs including Battles, Cinematic Lifestyle, Osea and Weapons.

The sold-out show was full of surprises with guest appearances from singer-songwriter, Gabrielle Aplin, and support act, Jack Morris.

Hudson Taylor kicked off the show with ‘Just A Thought’ which features on their debut album, Singing For Strangers. The band went on to play their popular tracks ‘Weapons’ and ‘Second Best’,  before introducing the audience to the new track ‘Don’t Tell Me’. The song had the audience dancing and Harry confessed that the “song is in danger of being too fun to play”.

The duo, accompanied by their band, played additional tracks that feature on the debut album including their next single, ‘World Without You’, ‘Wildfires’, ‘Trouble Town’ and ‘For The Last Time’.

Hudson Taylor also treated their fans to many of the popular songs from their EPs including ‘Called On’, ‘Chasing Rubies’, ‘Care’ and ‘Cinematic Lifestyle’.

Local to Bristol, singer-songwriter, Gabrielle Aplin, joined Hudson Taylor on stage to sing a beautiful rendition of ‘Beautiful Mistake’. Aplin, later returned to the stage with support act, Jack Morris, to sing ‘Don’t Know Why’, a bonus track from Singing For Strangers. The duet got the audience involved which created an electrifying atmosphere.

The band treated the audience to a completely acoustic version of ‘Holly’ by turning off the microphones to play to a memorised and silent audience. ‘Holly’ received a remarkable reception from the audience with huge cheers for the duo’s performance.

Hudson Taylor shook things up when playing ‘Stranger’ turned in to a cover of AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’ that instantly got the audience singing along to the rock hit.

The Irish duo finished their set on ‘Drop of Smoke’ from the 2012 EP, Battles. The crowd sang their hearts out to the final song and Hudson Taylor received an incredible roar of cheers as they left the stage.

Hudson Taylor put on an exceptional and intimate show and are certainly one to watch after supporting some big names such as the Rolling Stones, Jake Bugg, Kodaline and The Script. The debut album, Singing for Strangers, is available to pre-order now.

Weekly Watch: John Lewis Release Their Christmas Advert (and it’s super cute!)

John Lewis are known for their Christmas adverts and we have been waiting for the grand unveiling of the 2014 ad.

The wait has been worth it as the retailer’s advertisement tells an adorable story of a young boy and his best friend Monty the penguin. John Lewis describe the advert as “a tale of friendship, love and giving someone the gift they’ve been dreaming of this Christmas.”

This ad is going to be hard to top this Christmas as this is an adorable story which will have you saying “Awww”!

Tom Odell is the lucky artist who got to record the song for the advert and sings John Lennon’s ‘Real Love’. It has become a tradition for the song featured on the annual John Lewis advert to reach the UK Singles Chart. Lily Allen in 2013 topped the charts with her rendition of ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, Gabrielle Aplin also reached number 1 with her cover of ‘The Power of Love’ in 2012 and Ellie Goulding in 2010 landed number 2 with ‘Your Song’. Will Tom Odell be the next artist to top the charts for John Lewis?

A Monty the Penguin cuddly toy and book can be bought in John Lewis stores and online. There is also an app available for smart phones.

Pulling the Panic Cord

Singer-songwriter, Gabrielle Aplin, has released her new music video for ‘Panic Cord’. The re-worked version of one of her most loved songs has hit our television screens. The new sound of the song has made the song more cheery and the risk of altering a beloved song seems to have paid off for Aplin.

The music video tells the story behind the lyrics wonderfully and puts Aplin’s acting skills to the test, for the first time, by starring in the tale of a broke-down relationship. The talents of her acting work for the video and it appears naturally, like a well-established artist. Although, I don’t think Aplin will be the next Kiera Knightley with only basic acting needed for the video. The video features Aplin wearing beautiful outfits, including a floaty, white dress making Gabrielle look very angelic.

Visually, the video’s vintage look is lovely to watch and along with the broken down love story is an admirable video to watch.

The question will now be if she can beat the number 6 position, in the Official UK Singles Chart, her last single ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’ received. Or could she even get another number 1 alongside ‘The Power of Love’.

‘Panic Cord’ will be Aplin’s third song released off of her debut album, ‘English Rain’. ‘Panic Cord’ is out on May 5th and ‘English Rain’ is to be released on May 13th. Pre-order available here http://gabrielleaplin.co.uk/english-rain-album/.

You can watch the ‘Panic Cord’ video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLdTcr98fSs

The Power of Aplin

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Aboard the musical boat of Thekla last night, Gabrielle Aplin, left the audience in awe as she took to the stage with her beautiful renditions of classics and her breath-taking live performances of her original songs.

The singer-songwriter, from a small village in Wiltshire, said that she deems Bristol as her home gig and took to the sold-out show in front of fans, family and friends.

Her love for performing at home was showcased by devoting her song Rings Round Roses to her ill Dad. The concert was the first live show her father was able to attend this year due to his illness, making the sentimental tribute even more moving.

Before Aplin took to the stage, The Bronze Medal and Josh Osho warmed up the crowd. The Bronze Medal, an indie band from Bath, didn’t seem to make a lasting impression on the audience as the crowd held conversations over the band’s performance. When Josh Osho, a singer-songwriter from South London, arrived on stage he won over the crowd with his soft, soulful voice and his sweet charm.

Gabrielle Aplin, the voice of the 2012 John Lewis Christmas advert, wowed the audience with her cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s famous The Power of Love, which features in the snowman themed ad. John Lewis backing Aplin is an opportunity for a career boost with her cover now reaching the number 1 spot, in the UK Official Singles Chart, weeks before Christmas. This could be the start of extraordinary things for Aplin.

This November tour is the first time she has taken to the stage with a full band, instead of alone with her beloved guitar and piano. Aplin has come a long way since beginning her career, by uploading home recorded videos to YouTube, at the age of 14. Performing with a band only strengthened her performance with the extra instruments and backing vocals of band members complimenting her vocals.

Nevertheless, it is clear that Gabrielle Aplin hasn’t quite reached the professional level yet with her clumsy changes between songs, as she tuned her guitar, swapped to her piano or changed audio levels. All was recovered well with her excitable mood resulting in friendly chit-chat with the audience; even discussing the Chinese she had eaten earlier in the day.

Leaving the stage after singing November, a new and unknown song to the audience, it was obvious the crowd would receive an encore. Aplin returned with the quip “I couldn’t leave without singing the only song you all know” and went on to sing her well-known song Home. As she encouraged the spectators to sing a chorus completely on their own, they sang at the top of their lungs. It can be said the crowd did not hold the same talent as Aplin but they certainly left the venue with ecstatic smiles.

Aplin has an awe-astounding amount of talent. She made the audience fall silent at the power and gentleness of her voice and cast them under a spell to watch in wonder throughout her entire set. Even though she lacks experience in switchovers between songs she is already an exceptional performer and she will continue to progress even more over time.

If you were unable to catch Gabrielle Aplin in concert this time round, she returns to Bristol to perform on Saturday 12th March 2013 at The Trinity Centre. If her Thekla performance is anything to go by, this is a gig not to be missed.

 

Details:

Artists: Gabrielle Aplin, Josh Osho and The Bronze Medal

Date: 20th November 2012

Venue: Thekla, Bristol