York Loves Nell Bryden
Lauren Masterman, York Correspondent
When it's cold and miserable outside, sometimes you just don't feel like going to a gig. However, when you walk into a venue like The Duchess to be greeted by a cozy cluster of tables, flickering candlelight and signs adorned with the name 'Nell Bryden', well, suddenly this has became the perfect way to spend a blustery Saturday evening.
If you are up-to-date with your Yorkshire Times reading, you will already recognise Nell Bryden from a previous article which gives some background as to her tours with Gary Barlow and Jools Holland, how she has had many a song make it on to the airwaves of BBC Radio 2 and about working with Grammy-winning producer Mark Taylor on her latest album, Shake The Tree. With such an impressive resume, you can imagine that expectations were high for the live performance in York on May 11th.
Warming up the stage was fresh faced New Yorker, Jon Sandler, who gingerly stepped into the spotlight armed with a guitar, a smile, and a playlist of love songs all set to woo his awaiting audience.
Whether it was his ditties of romance and heartbreak (probably not) his Ed Sheeran style vocals (possibly) or his witty repartee (most likely) the crowd was certainly receptive to his charming performance and a few funny quips from a handful of female fans further added to the relaxed and intimate atmosphere that was felt throughout the night.
A mic laden with red roses suggested that it was time for the star of the show, Nell Bryden, to make an appearance.
Belting out 'A Lot Like Loving You', Nell captured the audience after just a few notes; not only because of her powerful and endearing vocals, but also in response to her warm and natural demeanor which can only come with feeling completely at ease on stage.
As she sang her way through a set of old and new material, including 'Echoes', 'Downtown Lullaby', 'Shake The Tree' and even a cover of the Foo Fighters 'Learn To Fly', she explained her inspiration for each song, making herself admiringly vulnerable and winning the heart of every person in the building. When the time came for her encore, which was inevitably the hauntingly beautiful, 'Siren's, Nell's adoring public were in love.
Her repertoire of songs, which spanned from blues to pop to ballads, would not necessarily suit everyone's musical taste, however, it is almost guaranteed that you will enjoy an evening in Nell's company and, as you suffer that windy walk back home, you will get that exciting buzz that lets you know you have just witnessed something special.
Nell Bryden will be touring the UK until the July 5th.
York Loves Nell Bryden, 16th May 2013, 9:10 AM