Heather Peace at Bush Hall, London, UK – 15th May 2016

Posted by Bianca on Sunday May 15, 2016 Under Singer/Songwriter

Gig Review and Photography by: Shen Salih AKA Shakey Face Photography

Heather Peace

Multi-talented Heather Peace might not be a familiar name to you all, but I reckon she’ll be a familiar face. Having starred in hit Brit dramas like London’s Burning and more recently Lip Service and Holby City, Heather is a household name when it comes to her acting career, but there is so much more to the Yorkshire lass, and it’s all revealed in her honest and emotionally charged music, which comes to life when she performs live.

Heather Peace

Having seen Heather a couple of times before, one acoustic show at the Jazz Cafe and one full band show at Islington Assembly Hall, I was intrigued to see what Heather had to offer with, for want of a better term, half a band… she did not disappoint.

Heather Peace

Originally scheduled to be at the Jazz Cafe, the show was changed due to refurbishment work, it was instead a matinee at Bush Hall. I was somewhat disappointed to find out about the change of venue, Jazz Cafe is one of the best around and is a special place for me and my other half. Sadly Bush Hall really didn’t live up to Jazz Cafe’s status… it’s a tired old room with no atmosphere due to basic lighting set-ups and a weird mix of seated and standing options (that ‘security’ didn’t control in anyway, leading to a delay for Heather to start). Having said this, ultimately it didn’t matter because as always I got lost in Heather’s performance, she could play in an allotment shed and I’d still be mesmerised. And errrr matinee shows? FOR THE WIN!

Heather Peace

With Michael on guitar and Charlotte on synth, keys, backing vocals and, most importantly, egg shakers, the 3 took to the stage and powered straight into ‘No Mercy’ – Heather’s ‘raunchy’ track – it certainly kicked things into gear and set the way for the rest of the afternoon. Entitled the ‘Come Home’ tour to promote the release of Heather’s new EP of the same title, I’ll be honest and say that bar 2 tracks on the new EP, including lead single ‘Lightbulb’ I hadn’t really been grabbed by it. However, after hearing the tracks live and smartly arranged to suit the 3-piece set-up they had going on, it brought new life to the tracks and I’m now fully converted and committed to the new EP.

Heather Peace

‘Lightbulb’ sounded absolutely incredible live, even if it was just to track – Heather’s vocals just simply power through and grab you, they hit you right in the gut and make you stop dead and just listen – hard work when you’re trying to photograph the gig too! Also from the Come Home EP was ‘I Don’t Remember’ which is a new favourite of mine now… clearly heavily influenced by Massive Attack it’s a really strong track that will get in your head and stay there, for the rest of the day!

Heather Peace

Of course classics like ‘Fight For’, ‘Better Than You’ and ‘Familiar Creatures’, from Heather’s first album Fairytales, sounded as good as ever, with the arrangements tweaked once more to suit this tours set-up. And re-workings of ‘Lily’, ‘Forever Drowning’ and ‘Dance With the Devil’ from her 2nd album The Thin Line sounded as sublime as always. On the more up-tempo tracks like ‘Here In My Heaven’ and ‘We Can Change’ it would have been nice to have a little dance around but with a pretty chilled (but by no means unenthusiastic!) crowd it felt a bit inappropriate which is a bit of a shame, but something I’ve experienced a fair bit at seated gigs!

Heather Peace

As ever, Heather’s interaction with her fans was excellent, always ready with a quick-witted tale, told in her dulcet Yorkshire tones! Once again she treated us to 2 cover version’s for her encore, opting for a stripped back version of Justin Timberlake’s ‘SexyBack’ which was great fun. Then ending on Jess Glynne’s ‘Hold My Hand’ – not my favourite track from Jess, it always felt like 4 different songs mashed into one, but Heather’s version, I have to say, blew me away! Absolutely changed the song and made it work as one and had me dancing away, and finally the rest of the audience too!

Heather Peace

See the complete photoset by Shen here.

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