Aug 26 2022

Della Mae

Plus support The Silver Reserve

Thursday 25th August 2022

Photos and words by Keith Belcher

The very fabulous Della Mae making their long awaited debut at The Live Room, Saltaire. Originally scheduled for 2020 but something (???) threw a spanner in the works.

Truth to say they surpassed the expectations. I was fortunate enough to see their superb performances at Celtic Connections, Glasgow opening for The Milk Carton Kids and headlining their own show. Changes over the years but tonight’s line up was fiddle player Kimber Ludiker, lead vocalist/guitarist Celia Woodsmith, guitarist Avril Smith, bassist Vickie Vaughn. Mandolinist Maddie Witler didn’t make the trip this time around.

A high octane show from start to finish, serious amounts of energy generated, fair to say at the end there were people initially dancing in their seats but some just got up and danced. One of the most high-powered shows I’ve seen at TLR (and I’ve seen more than most people!).

Support act, Matthew Sturgess aka The Silver Reserve is rapidly gaining a good following with his superb, atmospheric shows. He had both the crowd and Della Mae who watched his entire show hanging on his every word and sound. A short but very sweet set, he’s due back to do more than open next March.

Oct 31 2021

The Little Unsaid

Plus support from The Silver Reserve

Friday 29th October 2021

Photos and review by Keith Belcher

The Little Unsaid are:

John Elliott (guitar, keyboards, main vocals)

Mariya Brachkova (synths, keys & backing vocals)

Alison D’Souza (strings)

Tim Heymerdinger (drums & backing vocals)

A superb short but stunning opening set from local songsmith The Silver Reserve. Very intriguing lyrics that caught many of the crowds attention. I heard and saw a few people discussing his lyrics after his set. It was difficult to believe that The Little Unsaid had not done a real, live , in front of people gig for 2 years. If this was warming up then the crowds later on in the tour are going to be really blown away. To me they were firing on all cylinders throughout. One of the liveliest shows I’ve seen at TLR. Catch them if you can.