Nell Bryden – 04/11/2015 – The Caves, Edinburgh – In association with “Fake Frown Acoustic Sessions“.
The head-line act of a night of fantastic female performances was from the wonderful Nell Bryden who was accompanied by her three piece male band. They walked onstage and Nell began by going straight into her first song “Tonight” taken from the album “What does it take“. This wonderful catchy and upbeat song echoed through the vaulted ceilings of the venue and proved to be a great indicator of what was to come from the fantastic foursome. After rapturous applause, a beaming Nell thanked the crowd and spoke of her delight of returning to Scotland to perform. She informed us she was spotted on the street earlier that day by a fan and jokingly told us she felt very famous. “Buildings and treetops” was next up, a beautiful acoustic number from the 2012 album “Shake the tree“.
“Feels so good to cry” had a slight Joni Mitchell style with powerful and emotional lyrics which for me were a personal favorite, on which Nell played a 1964 Gibson 12 string guitar (very impressive). Each song was unique and different from the previous, taking the audience on a journey through her impressive back catalogue along with some new numbers. “All you had” from the Wayferer album also struck a note beginning as a slow number before halfway through changing direction into a faster upbeat tempo song, its seemed like it shouldn’t work but it did.
She invited Judith Owen back on stage to join her for “Holes in my shoes”, a song they composed in Nashville with Kimmie Rhodes, both their vocals singing harmoniously together and the audience showed their appreciation for the music.
Nell is such a charismatic and dedicated performer, her enjoyment of doing so evident to see by anyone lucky enough to catch her live. She took the audience on a journey through a tunnel of emotions which seemed to pass in the blink of an eye. In what felt like only a minute of being on stage, she announced her final song “Second time around“, another track from 2009’s “What does it take”.
Nell Bryden is a strong and powerful singer songwriter, unafraid to try new things and who certainly doesn’t focus on the past. She has successfully managed to make a name for herself in an industry which can often be superficial and often hung up on fitting into what is deemed the “norm“. Nell Bryden is certainly not someone that I would place in this category and I have an unending admiration for her as a result. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to put in the hard work to achieve it, as clearly seen by the self financing of her first album or doing tours for the troops abroad.
Big things are happening for Nell in 2016. She will be performing a radio show every Monday night during January on BBC Radio 2 entitled “Nell’s Angels“. Each week she will be examining the great female artists of various musical genres which has influenced music and song writing. She already has a UK tour lined up in the coming year. Between juggling motherhood, being a wife and building upon an already successful career, things are shaping up well for this star who seems to have an endless supply of energy. I shall be tuning in to Radio 2 every Monday in January to be taken once again on a musical journey with this impressive singer and songwriter.
For information about Nell Bryden, upcoming tour dates, music releases, store & social media links, visit her website.