The Starlight Childrens Foundation is an establish charity design to help seriously ill children in Hospitals and Hospices provide support, stimulation and comfort to both the children and their family. In the past 12 months they have helped 500,000 poorly children. This charity is the subject of last night’s gig organized by Victoria Norris and her volunteers.
Victoria Norris has organized music fundraisers a few times which I have covered so I was already familiar with the setup. In all the of her events she is in the middle of setup, seating, planning, set list and a hundred other things. She is incredibly modest and has time for everybody she encounters! I had no idea how she does it; remain incredibly calm and seemingly pull it off with ease!
The event was held at The Distillers Pub in Hammersmith; a quaint and lively pub in South London. Upstairs is the Regal Room. A modest sized venue for intimate events. Personally I wish they had better lighting to make the artists on stage really pop, but I’m just being a picky photographer. The Regal Room is perfect for those cosy acoustic songs played to friends and music lovers.
There were six musicians on the tiny stage that night. Here are some of my personal highlights.
If I were to describe Freddie it would be a gifted and sensitive young soul. The fact that she’s sixteen is irrelevant because, regardless of age, if you can hold an audience’s attention through your words then you have star power.
There’s no denying she’s pretty and photogenic. I managed to get a short moment with her to get some nice portrait poses done. She was very natural in front of my Nikon. She took directions well and was very capable of improvising. She is definitely one to look out for. With right guidance and management she can break the music scene.
To be in the room with Jamie is something very special. On first impressions he is an unassuming guy who you would not notice in a crowded room such as The Regal Room. I could not tell he was one of the acts that evening. Aimee, our host for the evening, announced Jamie on stage. He plugged himself him; said a short and soft introduction and then began to sing.
Jamie’s voice I would describe as gentle, warm and humble. The ambient chatter in the room was hushed very quickly as everyone was enchanted by Jamie’s words. There was just the right amount of guitar level to compliment his voice. Pow Pow Pictures was mesmerized. Jamie was not physically dynamic on the small stage, but he did not need to be. His performance was through his singing.
Between songs he would interact with the audience with an easy tone. He is naturally funny and engaging. He made a joke about wanting people to buy his new EP on iTunes; apparently if “five people buy his EP he would shoot up the iTunes charts!”.
Pow Pow Pictures is definitely a fan. You can find his EP on iTunes and his Facebook page on http://www.facebook.com/jamielawsonmusic
Pow Pow Pictures has known Ellie for a few years now ever since her band Slashed Seat Affair came into my town. That is all sentimental history now. Ellie has formed a very new act with musician Alan Bond. Together they came on to perform three new songs; one of them they had only written days earlier!
Ellie owned the stage, but there were moments she looked vulnerable which made her more endearing. There’s no doubt that all eyes were on Ellie; personally I would have liked a longer set rather than just the 2 songs from Ellie. Pow Pow Pictures would like to hear her take on a cover; the Regal Room is perfect for intimate and individual expression. Perhaps next time Ellie!?
Ellie was oozing confidence with moments of wildness; she was fun to watch and always great to listen to. We have missed her on stage.
Afterwards I caught up with Ellie. She seemed excited to be back on stage.
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