Jess Williamson: Cluny, Newcastle – live review
9th February 2017
Jess Williamson bowls over the crowd in Newcastle with her incredibly delicate voice a truly wonderful set.
Having released her exceptional sophomore album Heart Song at the end of last year, Jess Williamson is currently making her way across the country and tonight she arrives in Newcastle. Taking to the stage without a band instantly brings a new dimension to the record as the songs are stripped back further to reveal the depth of the emotion behind them.
Opening with the delicate Say It, the sincerity of the lyrics oozing from every word, the passionate delivery it’s a beautiful way to start any set. Her power over the crowd is almost instant, within moments of the opening verses the audience is truly under Jess’ spell, each track is preceded by an explanation or a short anecdote.
Last Word is an undoubted highlight, the power and the anger of the lyrics emanating throughout the room. The rawness of the track perfectly exposed by the lack of a band, her captivating delivery leaving everyone in a stunned silence. Striking the perfect balance between angst and intensity, the lone guitar merely provides a guide for the harsh lyrics to sit atop.
Emotions run high throughout the set, with Jess’ storytelling ability proving her exceptional talent. The latter part of tonight’s set only seeking to compound this further, White Bed is another deeply personal and inordinately heartfelt track. It sees Jess once again laying her soul bare on stage, it is truly endearing and has everyone hanging from her every word.
Closing out on the equally incredible See You In A Dream, it seems almost impossible to work out why Jess Williamson is not a superstar. These elegant songs delivered with such exceptional passion are truly brilliant. There is a truly understated beauty to this evenings set, Jess Williamson has the crowd in the palm of her hand as she delivers these incredible songs.
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