Lissie’s face has been everywhere this year. She’s supported major acts including City & Colour, played the festival circuit, co-headlined with Alan Pownall over the summer and released her debut album Catching A Tiger at the end of June. Now on her first headline tour of the UK, she’s packing out major venues including the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and shows no sign that her appeal will fade.
Whether she entirely lives up to all of her promise as a headline artist still remains to be seen though and tonight the first wave of doubt creeps across my mind. Her vocal is undeniably flawless, her guitar riffs transport me out across the American Midwest and I’m still humming Cuckoo all the way home, but with a lack of variation from any of the recorded versions of her tracks it’s a real safety play. She has the potential to be truly excellent, but falls somewhere short.
Regardless of this there’s no doubt that her song writing and vocal abilities never falter tonight and, as she’s joined on stage by support act The Pierce’s for a ‘hootenanny’, that the audience love her. Kicking off with Wedding Bells from her EP Why You Runnin’ we are then granted most of the tracks from her album including In Sleep, When I’m Alone and Cuckoo before she rounds off the encore with a Christmas cover of The Pretenders’ 2000 Miles which would give KT Tunstall a run for her money.
Whilst Alan Pownall eventually flopped off the radar after being dropped by his record label in the autumn, Lissie seems to have captured a broader market and is going from strength to strength. This may not have been a knock-out performance but it was solid, and with glimmers of brilliance I have no doubt she will go from a good live artist to completely unmissable.