LIVE REVIEW: Bridie Jackson, Andy Neil @ Bobiks, Newcastle (31.07.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Support act Andy Neil strummed his way through twelve self-penned songs much like a Vic Reeves/Idles musical mash-up, saving the best for last with Motherfucker Cocksucker and Every Time I Do It, I Do It Every Time.  

After a brief turnaround, Bridie Jackson took to the stage in her first solo performance since achieving national recognition with her band The Arbour, after winning the 2013 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition. 

Self-deprecating and playful, she kicks off with first song Old Friends, about surviving your twenties with a fun fact: “It’s jaunty!” Reassuring the audience that the only thing different now is her fringe and a sequined jacket, which “Liza Minnelli might want back!” 

Joined by Nick Pierce on viola during her covers of Lovesong by The Cure and The Book Of Love by Magnetic Fields, Jackson moves effortlessly through her playlist with songs from the personal to the political. Her voice is pure, powerful and hauntingly beautiful. Nothing Is Going To Change My Claim On This Earth, written after too many ‘WTF! moments’ at the news on TV (yep – been there!) is followed by traditional folk ballad Diamonds & Gold, before a deeply tender song-letter If You Love Them Let Them Go, dedicated to her brother Louie.

After a much-deserved encore, Jackson thanked everyone in the audience and confessed, “It’s been a while – I was really fucking nervous!” Hopefully, like a musical Terminator, she’ll be back.


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