Gig Review by Zak Edwards with Photography by Bianca Barrett

The Hare & Hounds in King’s Heath Brummieland is always a treat to visit. None more so than on this Autumnal night to see a certain Mr Isaac Gracie.

Isaac Gracie

As per the norm, the intimate surround offered an eclectic clientele, which this time round included a couple of chappies who seemed a little bit too inebriated, a little too loud and a little too lairy, for a Tuesday night gig. The Twang for their annual Christmas soiree maybe, but certainly not Mr Gracie in an intimate setting.

Sharing his surname with another sublime songsmith the diminutive 21 year old from Ealing West London, made his way to the stage in a somewhat unassuming manner armed with only his rickenbacker, a pair of floral trousers and a pair of musical cohorts; namely his drummer and bass player.

Isaac Gracie

Slight in appearance, some may say elven, his voice, and it has to be said stage presence, are anything but. From the moment he warbled his first note it was, to continue the Tolkien-esq theme, Giant-like!

Not having seen him live before, I – along with what seemed most of the punters were instantly blown away by the power and range of his sublime vocal; especially Mrs ‘Oh My God’ who greeted the announcement of every song with the same biblical exclamation.

Isaac Gracie

Moving from song to song with consummate ease, his natural stage presence belied his tender years, as did the complexity, yet ease on the ear, of many of his songs.

Unsurprisingly Mr Drunkie and his mate got booted out, much to the delight of most of the front row, but not without protestations from the singer “I’m wearing floral trousers for crying out loud, who am I to advocate such raucous activity”.

Isaac Gracie

Playing on his second visit to the second City and on the penultimate night of his current tour, he was equally at home with his band mates or playing solo with his acoustic guitar. Every song, a melodic masterpiece and gloriously received by the expectant Brummies.

The only disappointment of the night was that he omitted to play current single ‘The Death of You and I’ which, on speaking to a number of punters at the end of the night, was unsurprisingly the one song they’d come to see. There’s leaving people wanting more and…

Isaac Gracie

If you’ve not listened to Mr Gracie, then you really need to check him out. Vocally beautiful and a really decent songsmith for a man so young, he’s really destined for big things.

Isaac Gracie

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