Live at Royal Park Cellars on Thursday, 29th January 2009
Despite the credit crunch, Cool Acoustics continue to promote all that is good in "live" music, well known for their charity fund-raising endeavours in 2008, the regular gigs at the Royal Park Cellars, provide a showcase for many unsigned, yet very talented artists. The most recent promotion proved yet again how much musical talent the City of Leeds and beyond has to offer.
The evening started with Hungarian-born, but now Leeds-based Laura Toth, who, accompanied by fiddle player Andy Fell, produced a set including a mixture of both English and Hungarian songs. The rendition of a song complaining about the Hungarian Railway system must surely be a first for the music followers of Leeds!
Local artist Leesa Mae followed, and with a radiant smile and a fine collection of her own material, kept the now, packed venue upbeat and full of expectation.
What followed was beyond expectations, as Londoner Nicky Phillips, now studying at Huddersfield University produced a breath-taking performance. Only 19 years of age but with a musical maturity far beyond those tender years, Nicky is sure to be destined for a long and successful musical career. Her set of original compositions allowed Nicky to showcase her full repertoire, and enable the audience to acknowledge being at the start of something very special.
The unenviable task of following on from Nicky was Rodina, featuring lead singer, Aoife. However the deep rich sound produced by the band, coupled with Aoife's wonderful vocals, took the Royal Park Cellars to an ambiance of soulful jazz, coupled with a stronger than the usual lounge style "feel", produced a performance of rich class.
The event finished in style with surely one of the best, if not the best "live" bands around, the amazing Gary Stewart Band. Anyone seeing the band for the first time are left with the same unanswered question "why is Gary and the band not massive by now?" Surely it can only be a matter of time before this highly-talented singer-songwriter and his band receive the accolades they truly deserve. The Gary Stewart Band are pure class, there is no need to say any more, apart from catch them ASAP.
Like the rest of the country, times are hard within the musical world, but while Cool Acoustics continue to battle against the odds to promote the unsigned and so far un-discovered, then there is hope for a better future within the acoustic music family.
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Sassy Singer/Songwriter from Leeds- Solo with acoustic guitar or with kickin 5 piece band. Also working as an Art Director on ITV's 'Heartbeat' & now 'Coronation Street'; Leesa Mae has continued to go from strength to strength. Leesa's debut single 'Forbidden Love' is now available to buy on iTunes and Amazon.