Live Review – Nancy Elizabeth Cunliffe, Manchester Roadhouse, Sunday 27 Aug

Nancy_cunliffeSunday saw the most miserable Summer weather ever seen in Manchester. With big broody clouds pissing on everyone’s hope, damp socks squelched into Manchester’s intimate Roadhouse for an evening of acid-folk with Nancy Elizabeth Cunliffe.

When the knock-out Nancy took to the stage, a reverential hush fell, as she began to hammer her Kim (an eastern instrument akin to the noise from Obrital’s ‘The Box’) and began… "Why can’t I be human with a heart that feels…"

Nancy is fast becoming the most talked about folk singer on the circuit (a term that she’s prone to disagree with), but the folkies were down in force to sit at the feet of the best of the new singers in town. With a voice that could shatter a mean heart, Nancy picked her way through a sublime version of Weakened Bow, accompanied only by guitar, followed by a heart stopping rendition of ‘Battle and Victory’ which wowed all, including those who witnessed her jawdropping performance at The Green Man Festival. After a brief nod to the pre-gig drinks and an apology for any dip in performance (of which there were obviously none), Nancy capped off an incredible set with ‘Wildfire’ on the Kim again.

Those who haven’t heard her tunes need to get on it with haste as Nancy won’t be playing small gigs for much longer. She is destined to go onto mighty things, and deservedly so. Here lies an incredible prospect that has emerged, fully formed and rounded with a fistful of heartbreaking songs and a voice that is a beautiful as it is unique.

Mof Gimmers

Watch out for our exclusive interview with Nancy later in the week. In the meantime, get yourself over to her official site and prepare to fall head over heels with her music.

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