LIVE REVIEW: From The Glasshouse @ Sage Gateshead (15.09.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Image: Kate Bond by Victoria Wai

The seventh instalment of Sage Gateshead’s From The Glasshouse was a fusion of soul, indie pop and neo-funk soul.

Sisi opened the night with her music slickly on backing tracks. She’s got an amazing voice and beats that had us bopping by our tables, particularly for recent singles sNext Call and Simmer Down. It will be interesting to see her on stage with other musicians, as Sisi is such a strong character.

Joe Ramsey was a late stand-in for this line-up but took it comfortably in his stride. Electric guitar in tow, he took us through songs he wrote “around that time we no longer talk about”. With lyrics and melodies this strong, not to mention a cheeky stage presence, these are songs that still need to be heard.

An air of quiet excitement enveloped the venue as Kate Bond took to the stage and opened with the now very recognisable saxophone intro of Beauty Sleep. Whether solo or with her band The KBB, Kate Bond was born for the stage as she shows off her political songs with swagger, and the audience lap it up. The band of Isabelle Patterson, Micheal Anderson, Lewis Ferguson and Sam Jamie make up such a tight knit sound, which more than complement Kate’s talents and infectious stage presence. It’s no wonder she’s making steady progress on local and national radio and even getting recognition from as far afield as Mexico and Croatia.

Image: Sisi by Victoria Wai

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