Acoustic Music Society Performance Review

On November 4th 2016, several students gathered in the hub to watch a few talented individuals perform.

Members of the Acoustic Music Society and the Alternative & Indie Music Society each performed a few songs. With a range of song genres and a mix of instruments including guitars and banjos, each and every individual made the songs their own.

The atmosphere was warm and pleasant, with people supporting fellow students by singing along and cheering as they finished, clearly impressed by the talent they’d witnessed.

Jack Hillstone opened up the show with a rendition of Nat King Cole’s L.O.V.E along with a few solo melodies on the guitar. Both the guitar playing and the vocals were amazing, with his soothing voice impressing the audience from the off. The tone of voice and direction he took the song mirrored that of Michael Bublé who also covered the song suggesting a potential musical inspiration for the track.

Another notable singer was Brandon Murphy whose nerves were evident but it didn’t take away from the overall quality of the performance and I’m sure in the future, the musician will become more confident in his abilities, encouraging a natural, easy performance.

However, one singer who stole the show was Helena Ward. She successfully put a unique spin on some well-known hits: Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash, Champagne Supernova by Oasis, Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Greenday and Raging by Kygo and Kodaline.

Her powerful, angelic and melodic voice captivated the audience, leaving people shocked at the quality of both the singing and the guitar playing. Ward’s voice filled the room, sending shivers down my spine as she sat there, strumming her guitar; a small individual in a crowded room but engaging the audience nonetheless.

Interview with Helena Ward

A few singers had hiccups as is to be expected at an amateur music event but they all handled it well and successfully recovered or moved on from the track, focusing on those they had more practise with and the tracks they felt more confident in performing as their own.

After the success of the first event of the academic year, we can expect to see more of the talented musicians in the future, with the societies aiming to put on an evening of entertainment regularly. So if you missed night one, don’t worry, you’ll have another opportunity that I recommend you don’t pass up.

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