Review: Amy Macdonald at Colston Hall, Bristol
AMY Macdonald is a performer with bags of energy.
She belted out song after song to seemingly never ending applause which started before she’d even sung her first note.
Mr Rock & Roll got the most deafening clapping, and got half the sit down audience on its feet dancing along.
It was less concert and more party. Interspersed with little updates on how her tour had gone, the longed for two weeks at home and the exercise regime that was reluctantly going to be done alongside it, Amy exuded a casual friendliness that was reflected back to her by one of the warmest audiences I’ve sat amongst.
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Every direction I looked people had smiles on their faces, toes were tapping, hands were slapping laps or clapping. She got cheer after cheer and I’m pretty sure there must have been quite a few sore hands from all the clapping.
The fast pace of most of her songs were sung out with a strong distinctive throaty vocal with passion and quiet confidence. Kicking off with 4th of July, she launched into the show with plenty of attack.
This Is The Life rounded off her set of 17 hits with panache, then after much whistling and thunderous united clapping, she returned to the stage with five more.
A couple of acoustic sets, stripped back from the original version, slowed the pace down slightly and were softer and more gentle adding welcome variety to the set. But they were always followed up with big bold songs keeping the high energy feel sustained.
The Green And The Blue had a romantic, wistful feel about Glasgow. And a lot of her songs resonate with emotion and noble sentiments about fighting for beliefs, letting people come and go and the sense of being a lonely soul.
But with such a joyful sell out army of fans behind her, if she draws on the genuine affection of last night’s crowd, she need never feel truly lonely. A brilliant, uplifting show.
Emma Luther 9/10