Foy Vance // Union Chapel // Live Review

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Foy Vance; Union Chapel; Spiral Magazine; Will SteadmanFoy Vance turned the Union Chapel into his living room last Friday night, entertaining a 900-strong crowd with his commanding, modern blend of Americana, folk, roots, and blues. Leaving his band at home in Bangor, Northern Ireland; a piano, acoustic guitar, and a ukulele is all that was needed to bring a warm glow to this corner of North London on a brisk Autumn evening.

Opening powerfully at the piano with Unlike Any Other, the audience falls pin-drop silent. Eager grins radiate through the pews like a mini Mexican wave of awe. Vance establishes an immediately casual, intimate atmosphere, drawing the crowd in with his dry wit, self-deprecation and off-the-cuff approach to the set, almost like we’re all sat round a big camp fire. Making use of loop pedals and plenty of chorus effect, he switches between instruments and segues between songs with ease.

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Introduced to his music five years ago by a friend who insisted I listen to a then, little-known B-side called: Indiscriminate Act of Kindness, which he said, is such a perfect example of a well-crafted song, that he teaches it as part of the songwriting degree he runs at a renowned London music college – I’ve seen Vance go from a relative unknown jobbing songwriter to a respected veteran with a top 30 album and a recent tour with Elton John under his belt. Despite all this, he has retained an air of exclusivity about him, and is backed tirelessly by a loyal fan base.

As the night progresses he showcases songs from 2016’s: ‘The Wild Swan’ including Coco and Upbeat Feel Good; favourites Guiding Light and Closed Hand Full of Friends; several shrewd covers including a divine version of Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’ on grand piano and a sprinkling of newer material including Moonshine.

Vance is an artist bold enough and free enough to create precisely the music he wants. Authentic, genuine and committed to his craft, while many contemporaries at his career-stage creatively stagnate or decline, he has matured as a writer and performer. Live he excels. Natural, relaxed and oozing with confidence; playing unaccompanied tonight elevates Vance and provides him the space to showcase his (quite frankly) outstanding voice, which resonates around the Chapel’s gothic interior, filling every dark nook and cranny. Its intricate and rich timbre warms you like a well-aged bourbon.

Performing for well over two hours in total with no encore, capping it off with a moving a capella rendition of The Wild Swans on The Lake, inspired by W.B. Yeats’ poem The Wild Swans at Coole, with the audience dutifully humming the drone.

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Vance sold-out the Union Chapel across the three nights, Thursday to Saturday (2nd-4th Nov). His outstanding album, The Wild Swan, is out now.

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Words and Photography: WILL STEADMAN (@STEADMAN_WILL)

 

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Daylight Music at Union Chapel // Glass, Mathew Bourne and Darren Morris

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Glass

(GLASS; previous; Alexander Selby, above: Flyte’s Club Night; Elizabeth Andrade)

Tomorrow, (18/06/16) GLASS headline Union Chapel’s Daylight Music event. The first time I saw this upcoming electronic-duo was at Flyte’s Chasing Heaven Club Night. To be quite honest, the ‘Gig Of The Week’ very quickly became: ‘Gig of the Month’, as nothing has since compared to that magical night. The effervescence of Frontwoman, Jessica Winter can only be paralleled to the legend that is Kate Bush, singing and synth playing with such dark theatricality alongside partner, Scott Remington, who in turn, mirrors Jessica’s melodramatic chemistry through guitar and synthesiser. An idiosyncratic sound they describe as “CRANCE; cry and dance” transcends from the record-to-live impeccably.

The chapel setting will inevitably pave way for an echoey, ethereal performance, only to be accentuated by the use of a church organ, I think you too can only imagine how enchanting tomorrow will be…I hope you can join us!

GLASS

 

The accompanying support artists; Mathew Bourne and Darren Morris are two artists that I anticipate will be provide a beguiling filmic soundscape, bare of vocals, eerie, bordering on the melodramatic, painting a dark atmosphere suitably matched to that of their headliner counterparts; Glass.

 

Mathew Bourne

Mathew Bourne’s multi-instrumental jazz compositions are created through analogue synthesisers, tape delays, piano and cello’s ranging from the unpredictable piano melodies to the delicate orchestral scores across to the electronic experimentalism.

 

Darren Morris

Darren Morris a composer and collaborator, currently playing keys for Steve Mason (Beta Band) ranges from the quiet sombreness of dreamy organ chords to the quasi-psychedelic electronic sonic wall.

 

LINKS

GLASS

Website: http://www.glassmusic.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glassglassglassglass/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/glassmusic_
Mathew Bourne

Website: http://www.matthewbourne.com/about/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mortbutane/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/matthewbourne_
Darren Morris

Website: http://www.darrenmorrismusic.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarrenMorrisMusic