These acts were joyful, exquisite and electrifying
GET to a gig early and you never know you might discover a gem. That was certainly the case at this gig for starting off the night was a young Cornish singer and songwriter called Kezia who demonstrated real talent.
With a lovely clear voice with a hint of breathiness, some very strong almost folky songs, notably America and Collar Down, and considerable talent as a guitar picker and keyboard player, her short set certainly impressed. Her cover of Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart was, well, a sheer joy.
This was Kezia's second time as a supporting act at The Fleece and principal supports Welsh duo Zervas And Pepper were also making their second appearance at the venue. Their singing was exquisite, their harmonies were wonderfully close and very well thought out and their retro folk-rock songs were very adventurous. Cigar Store Indian, Buffalo Crow and Startin' Over were especially good.
Dressed completely in black Canadian Lindi Ortega looked like a Gothic rock singer but, although there is an obvious rock quality to her music it is actually heavily steeped in classic country and closer to Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and her hero Johnny Cash.
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Despite suffering from a cold her voice was immensely powerful and she used it to great effect, whether being the wild child, the sultry siren or the introspective girl with the broken heart. The songs slipped around the emotions. Cigarettes And Truckstops was heart rending, Heaven Has No Vacancies was thought-provoking and bitter, Blue Bird was happy, the rockabilly The Day You Die was quirky and she described the very funny Use Me as being "the silliest song I've written in my life". There were covers too including a reworking of Johnny Cash's version of Delia's Gone and Kitty Well's Making Believe.
She closed with Little Red Boots during which you could hear her voice was losing some of its power and its rich tone. For the sake of those fans in the next town on the tour let's hope her voice is OK because this was an electrifying performance.