Tonight’s gig is the latest in a series of MUK Records club nights at the Night And Day. Featuring a varied and eclectic line-up, the evening also doubles up as a charity fundraiser for the Mustard Tree charity. Headliners Bird To Beast reveal nine songs from their yet-to-be-recorded second album and are supported by the eclectic mix of Reid Anderson, Megan Dixon-Hood and Foxtales.
Megan Dixon-Hood, a Cheshire-based singer whose two EPs – last year’s Early Morning Rider and January’s Siren had impressed us. We were expecting her to perform solo, but she’s accompanied by a guitarist and a bass player which add shape and depth to her sound that sometimes can get lost with just a keyboard. It also shifts the focus of creating the framework from the songs away from her as well. But it’s her voice that stops us in our tracks as opening song The Storm soars and swoops beautifully.
I Am A Thief starts with a beautiful rippling keyboard that feels like it’s dancing around the room. We can hear a lot of Rae Morris’ early work in here, a raw innocence mixed by an innate songwriting craft that points to great things. A Year From Now has the guitars and bass up in the mix which means Megan’s voice has to be more forceful than the previous songs, but there’s little doubt that she pulls this off. Debut single Early Morning Riser starts with a mournful solo keyboard that allows her once again to demonstrate that range of vocal that she possesses as it dictates the mood and tempo of the song. She concludes with Siren and a new song called Time that suggests that her creativity is still burgeoning and that she’s a name to keep an eye out for.
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