Sitting in the acoustic field of Glastonbury Festival of 2017, I had myself mentally prepared to chill out and listen to a collection of acoustic musicians I’d never heard before the weekends headliner. You can imagine my surprise when I found myself up dancing and clapping with strangers in a rather packed out tent singing along to lyrics I’d just been taught by Lucy Spraggan herself.
Naturally, I jumped at the chance to go and see Lucy Spraggan once more. And I am very glad I did.
The opening acts were somewhat entertaining. One young girl played haunting songs on a guitar; she was followed by a more upbeat woman who sang and played the piano. Both were very talented musicians and song writers, but the crowd had only come for one thing: Lucy.
And no wonder. Stepping onto the stage and picking up her guitar was all that was needed to change the atmosphere of the room. Her apparent desire to make eye contact with every one of us and the big smile that lit up her face, made the gig (in the rather large hall) feel far more personal.
Her opening songs were slow. A slightly upbeat start followed by some less crowd-pumping ones. Clearly the best was saved for last, as the second half of her show was much more excitable than the first. Songs such as ‘Tea & Toast’ and ‘Unsinkable’ were phenomenal. No, they’re not immense rock ballads or anything like that, they’re songs that are meant to make you feel at ease and relaxed as well as wanting to sing along as loud as you can at the same time. A bit of crowd interaction before each song had everybody engaged – not that anybody didn’t have their eyes on her already.
‘Loaded Gun’ was a notable crowd pleaser. Lucy began with what felt like a one-on-one friendly chat with her entire audience, talking about the background to the song and making sure everybody knew the lyrics (of course they already did) before beginning. The song has such a strong chorus, and with Lucy ensuring everyone kept their voices loud and hands clapping, the texture of the song was immense.
‘Unsinkable’ was the third song on the album ‘We Are’, released back in 2015. It once again has an immense chorus and is one of the reasons I became interested in her music after seeing her for the first time. The crowd were more than willing to sing their part too. Rounds and rounds of ‘we are unsinkable’ would have been hard for most to resist singing along with.
However, my definite highlight was the second to last song ‘Don’t Know Nothing About The Blues’. The story behind this song, Lucy explains, is that whilst playing in a blues bar she was heckled by a man about her lack of blues music. Naturally, Lucy being the character that she is, returned home that night and of course, wrote a blues song, about not knowing how to play the blues. Being a fan of blues music myself, this song had everything it needed, along with her own unique twist, to be a perfect blues tune. I must say I hadn’t heard a blues song in a Northern accent quite like hers before and it was great
Lucy Spraggan is currently touring the UK until October 29th. I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing is available to buy, download and stream.
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