Lucy Rose Parton has been one to watch ever since her 2012 debut album “Like I Used To” showcased her delicate voice and talent for writing lullaby-esque folk ballads and quirky indie riffs. Her colourful background of collaborations with the likes of Indie heads Bombay Bicycle Club and Noah and the Whale set the foundations well for her to continue earning her own unique place in the Indie-Folk genre. Her 2015 album “Work it out” is an example of an artist striving for a new take on the familiar and a chance to mix it up a bit more. Eighties style Keyboards and atmospheric synths blend with her voice into a blissfully emotive album that was a joy to experience live in the legendary Empire Music Hall in Belfast. Although the venue was not packed to full capacity, it would not be wrong to say that every person present has been a long standing fan of Lucy rose, a mixed range of ages able to dance freely and sing their hearts out to the lesser known songs of her two albums. Popular catchy tracks such as “Like an Arrow” and “Our eyes” have made in onto Radio 1 playlists, airplay that has garnered a greater attention for the Surrey born Artist as she performed a spotless cover of Taylor Swifts “Bad Blood” in their Live Lounge. Rose has toured extensively across America and Europe but always returns to her devoted Belfast crowd regularly.
Back to the live show, She brings a more defiant and edgy rock element this time round in her song “Koln” which had an audience member beside us practically headbanging (And who turned out to be young support artist Billie Marten ). Lucy Rose classics such as “Red face” and “Middle of the Bed” had the same energy and welcomed reaction with the audience as if they had been new releases; one can’t deny the effect her music has on her listeners.
In person (during my interview) she is unassuming, lovely and most sincere, and on stage these traits are only amplified. A personal favourite aspect of the show for me was the patter of conversation she gave in breaks between songs, touching upon her journey of being clueless to what the future held for her at some point (something we all can relate to) and eventually resulting in her conviction that music was all she could and wanted to do; A sort of push for all of us to embolden us and reach for what we want for ourselves. Her songs carry themes of Love, heartbreak, personal growth and the overwhelming feelings of being on the road for so long away from family and friends. The moments of her reaching out to her audience are special, especially when she dedicates a particular love song “Shiver” to a couple who were earlier chatting to her about said song as being one of their favourites (Triggering all the feels!). This is what makes Lucy Roses show a frontrunner in the many live performances I have been to. Artists can never underestimate the power of making connections with their fans, its that resonance that makes a live show truly memorable.
Check out the 2015 interview with Lucy Rose on Queens Radio
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