Fresh from her previous evening’s in-store performance, at Rough Trade East, Miss Lyla Foy took to the stage at a quite unique venue on the musical ‘gig circus’ and provided her audience with a quite inspiring and competent set.

The Purcell Rooms, on London’s Southbank, are more commonly used for theatre productions, debates and film festivals. However, for this particular evening it hosted the diminutive Lyla Foy and her band. This intimate occasion, as if there needed to be one, was to promote the artists new album ‘Mirrors in the Sky’ which was released earlier in the week.

A timid Foy appeared and within a matter of seconds you realised that her small frame, cardigan and shyness were simply a ruse as this exterior was suddenly replaced by a voice that would cause even the most critical of music fans to raise an eyebrow. It’s quite humbling to watch an artist who still has that whiff of embarrassment in their performance. There were times in tonight’s set where Miss Foy looked clearly shocked that an audience were enjoying her offerings. Her vocal performances on ‘Easy’, and the quite brilliant ‘Feather Tongue’, should distinguish any doubts in her mind that she is the real deal. But maybe that’s part of her charm. Here you have a singer-songwriter who feels approachable, someone who’s talent and relative success haven’t overwhelmed her. It’s utterly refreshing.

The Purcell Rooms are seating only but this set and the venue worked perfectly. However, this wasn’t the sort of gig where plastic glasses of beer/urine (delete where appropriate) were being thrown but an opportunity to experience song-writing of the highest quality. Miss Foy and her band should be applauded.

The night was filled with tracks from the new album and from previous releases. Last year’s EP was covered but the encore provided the highlight of the evening. It included a solo performance of ‘Someday’ and was simply outstanding. Those who left to catch trains etc. missed a moment of jaw dropping beauty.

The Lyla Foy tour continues this evening in Nottingham. If tickets are still available then go and see this wonderful young lady…

20 March – Nottingham, The Bodega Social Club

21 March – Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy

23 March – Manchester, The Castle Hotel

1 May – Liverpool Sound City – Tea Shop

3 May – Live in Leeds

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