It has been a wonderful run of shows at the Old Queens Head, and it took me right until the last one to work up the courage to ask our secret special guest Andreya Triana to perform, (which is ridiculous because she's a friend and a lovely human being who seems to be a fan of PMOI Live)! However, watching her grow as an artist and in stature over the last five years has been so exciting and her recent sell out show at the Union Chapel was definitely a landmark, so it was a genuine honour to be blessed with her presence and beautiful performance, which started with a powerful tribute to her mother entitled "Everything You Never Had", and ended with an incredible beatbox / looped cover of the Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams" after some raucous demands for an encore. A personal highlight was the audience becoming an impromptu choir, helping Andreya take it to church for "Lost Where I Belong". I booked Rosie Lowe back in March after her sell out show at the Sebright Arms; I was an instant fan and have been listening to the demo of her EP non-stop this year. I also have a sneaking suspicion that shortly after it's released (with production by Dave Okumu of The Invisible and Kwes), she'll be catapulted in to the stratosphere, so I was thrilled when she agreed so far in advance. I had a sneaking suspicion she was slightly nervous before her set, but you would never have known from the confident and masterful performance she gave. The cheering started in the middle of songs - in particular "Ghost" which you can hear at the start of this video. The murmur as I walked through the crowd after the encore they didn't get was "she's amazing, and I've never heard of her?!", a testament to Rosie's talent and the quality of her performance.
We will be back soon, with more exciting live events and the videos from the first half of this year.
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