Review By Darren McIntyre
Genevieve Dawson is an Edinburgh-born, London-based singer/songwriter who presented us with her debut album Letters I Won’t Send in 2020. There has been a more electro sound introduced into Genevieve’s music with her new EP What’s Mine Is Yours and it explores themes of interconnectedness set against a backdrop of swelling synths, strings and a distinctive vocal that just soars. Tonight Genevieve stops off in Glasgow @ Hug & Pint to bring us the very best that this enchanting singer/songwriter has to bring, please settle in as I take in this awesome show from a very polished singer/songwriter, the place is hushed and ready as Genevieve steps onto the hallowed surface to huge applause,
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s dive into the enchanting performance of Genevieve Dawson at The Hug & Pint. This singer-songwriter from London has been making waves in the indie folk scene, and her live show did not disappoint. So, grab your metaphorical coffee and let’s dissect this musical experience.
Genevieve Dawson’s performance was a masterclass in subtlety and intimacy. From the moment she stepped onto the stage, her hushed, yet alluring presence drew the audience into her musical world. The venue, with its cosy atmosphere, was the perfect backdrop for her stripped-down sound.
Dawson’s vocals were the centerpiece of the evening. Her voice, reminiscent of a whisper in the wind, carried an emotional weight that hung in the air. It was a bit like being transported to a quiet, introspective moment in a forest, where every word had the power to move you. Her delicate yet poignant delivery resonated with the crowd, silencing the room with its ethereal beauty.
There was a great mixture of Cello, Double Bass, and synth tones that just took us by surprise as we felt the intimacy swirl around us as Genevieve let her immense vocals take us on a journey of subtle tones, classical lyrics and haunting melodies that just blew us away
The sparse instrumentation, consisting of acoustic guitar and minimalistic percussion, created a sense of vulnerability that perfectly complemented Dawson’s style. It was as if every note played served as an intimate conversation between the artist and the audience, highlighting her exceptional songwriting.
Dawson’s song selection for the night was on point. Tracks like “More Like A Tide” , “Take Me With You,” and “My Mother’s Rage ” showcased her storytelling prowess and poetic lyricism. The songs evoked a sense of nostalgia and longing, leaving a lingering feeling of introspection in the air.
We continued the journey with the enormous and colossal “Mountain” that just swept us along in the furore that was flowing through Hug & Pint tonight, what followed was something spectacular as we were given “Garden”, “I Want” and “Deal Now”.
The fantastic “Synchronicity” really gave us a truly thoughtful night of energetic synth tones mixed with Cello tones that were simply breathtaking, to say the least, as the night sped on we were served the epic “Two Towards You”, “What’s Mine Is Yours and we were steering ourselves towards the tail end of the show as we were given the fantastic “Made From The Earth” and were driven over the line with the finishing track “Song For Horn’s that really put the finishing touches to this incredible night of music that is a first for me but will not be the last.
The crowd’s hushed reverence throughout the performance spoke volumes about the impact of Genevieve Dawson’s music. It was one of those rare instances where the audience seemed to be collectively holding their breath, not wanting to disrupt the delicate magic unfolding on stage.
In summary, Genevieve Dawson’s performance at The Hug & Pint was a mesmerizing journey into the heart and soul of her music. It was a night where time seemed to stand still, and every note and word carried immense emotional weight. If you’re a fan of hauntingly beautiful folk music and an artist who can create an intimate, captivating atmosphere, Genevieve Dawson should be on your must-see list. It was an evening of musical storytelling at its finest.
Genevieve Dawson –
Genevieve Dawson – Vocals / Keys / Acoustic Guitar
Tom – Bass / Double Bass
Alex – Sax / Keys / Cello
Jake – Drums
More Like A Tide
Take Me With You
My Mother’s Rage
Two Towards You
What’s Mine Is Yours
Made From The Earth
Song For Horns