Birdy Review – 29/10/2016

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It is no surprise that I have always been an avid fan of Birdy – from the first time I heard her cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” I have always been in awe of her delicate yet powerful vocals; and it always blows my mind when I think that she is my age and has already achieved more than I probably ever will in my entire lifetime. So when I was given tickets to go and review her in Edinburgh at the Corn Exchange I absolutely leapt at the chance. We arrived just in time for the opening of her set, having unfortunately missed support act Dan Owen. What struck me initially was the demographic of the audience: both pensioners and young fans joined in unison to watch her perform, and it really is the mark of respect when people make the effort to go and watch somebody who is forty years their junior. Her set itself was stunning: decked in a beautiful jewelled mesh dress she swapped between piano and guitar, effortlessly entertaining the crowd (inside which was her brother, watching her live for the first time). Whilst the purpose of the tour was to promote her most recent album “Beautiful Lies”, she made sure to incorporate some of the older hits her fans had grown to love; and it was especially touching to watch her perform “Let It Go” with Dan Owen, who did a fantastic job of belting out Rhodes’ sections. It truly was an exceptional performance – one that she could justifiably boast about for years to come: but when I went backstage it was incredibly endearing to discover how modest she and her instrumentalists were. In fact they seemed truly humbled; and doesn’t that just say it all?

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