Torrential rain, gale force winds and a serious case of man-flu. Three scenarios I was experiencing but were not going to stop me seeing Miss Hannah Georgas this evening. This talented Canadian musician-singer-songwriter was on the London leg of a series of dates supporting fellow countryman Dallas Green (aka City and Colour). Her latest self-titled album has been a constant on my play-lists for over three months now, so given the opportunity to put a live face (so to speak) to my digital addiction was too good an opportunity to turn down.
The venue was the newly re-furbished Hammersmith Apollo. It was my first visit here in many, many years. The new £5 million refurbishment is quite breath-taking, with all the original art-deco features restored to their original design. A more perfect venue for tonights proceedings you could not wish for and this being a Friday night hangovers are something to worry about in the morning, as the venues bar operates to such efficiency rarely seen in live music venues.
Georgas started with the excellent ‘Elephant’ and you immediately realised that even in her supporting capacity she wasn’t taking things lightly. This mainly electronic track from the album was delivered in it’s new acoustic live format with aplomb. From my lofty position you could only admire the togetherness of her band and marvel at the amazing percussion. Album favourite ‘Enemies’ ensured the set continued apace and you could visibly see an audience enjoying what they were seeing.
It’s only when you see Georgas live that you realise how talented she is. She switches from guitar to keyboard faultlessly all the while maintaining the highest quality vocals. She’s also blessed to have a band who not only seem to be extremely talented but remarkably composed. While they collectively appear to perform the set effortlessly, they do so to the highest quality.
The conversion from a mainly synthesised album to a live performance, that obviously required real musicians, was hugely successful. It was like listening to a different album in places. The cleanness of the album was replaced with a more raw arrangment that gave some most of the tracks a new lease of life. ‘Shortie’ in particular sounds all the better for its live treatment (even though the Graham Walsh – Holy Fuck produced track still remains a firm fans favourite).
Georgas is an accomplished performer and tonight was a rare opportunity for UK fans to appreciate this rising star. Her smouldering, sassy voice compliments her overall look and you simply can’t help but be drawn in. As an artist she seems to have the whole package. If you follow her on Facebook you’ll see that she just seems to love life. There are pictures she’s taken, pre-gig, walking in the rain in Birmingham … certainly not your typical tour memories but they put a real smile on your face. By the times she returns to these shores with album number three under her belt i guarantee she’ll be the main act.
Last nights set list was…
9.Ode to Mon
If you’re fortunate enough to have a ticket for any of the remaining City and Colour gigs then get there early as this young lady certainly puts on a good show, if not then listen to the album as it contains moments of true beauty. The remaining City and Colour/Hannah Georgas dates are as follows…
February 2nd 2014 – UEA LCR , Norwich (City and Colour)
February 3rd 2014 – O2 Academy, Bournemouth (City and Colour)
February 4th 2014 – Brighton Dome, Brighton (City and Colour)
February 5th 2014 – Le Trabendo, Paris (City and Colour)
February 7th 2014 – Bierhübeli Bern, Bern (City and Colour)
February 8th 2014 – Posthof Linz, Linz (City and Colour)
February 9th 2014 – Roxy, Prague (City and Colour)
February 11th 2014 – Capitol Hannover, Hannover (City and Colour)
February 14th 2014 – 013 Tilburg, Tilburg (City and Colour)
February 16th 2014 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (City and Colour)
February 17th 2014 – Live Music Hall Köln, Köln (City and Colour)
February 18th 2014 – LKA-Longhorn, Stuttgart (City and Colour)
February 19th 2014 – TonHalle, Munich (City and Colour)
February 21st 2014 – Huxleys Neue Welt, Berlin (City and Colour)
February 22nd 2014 – Docks, Hamburg (City and Colour)
February 24th 2014 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark (City and Colour)
February 25th 2014 – Rockefeller, Oslo (City and Colour)
February 26th 2014 – Berns, Stockholm (City and Colour)
May 8th 2014 – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton