Ward Thomas — Guildford G Live ****Rating

 

Review and Photos by Chaz Brooks

The 23 year-old twins from Hampshire Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas are taking the British country music scene by storm. At Guildford’s G Live they showed why they are such a highly regarded act, commercialising vocal-heavy Americana with catchy pop songs.

The show began with Boomerang and immediately the enthusiastic G Live audience was clapping along. Same Love highlighted the vocal talents of the girls.

We’re excited to be playing Guildford as it’s our home show on this tour” said Lizzy.

It’s Not Me brings the inevitable comparisons to Lady Antebellum and is followed by Cartwheels, the title track of the duo’s latest album.

The G Live audience received the duo enthusiastically. Ward Thomas were backed by a band comprising of drums, bass, guitar and keyboards.

The duo previewed some new material including It’s Not Just Me about feeling low and anxious. This was the first really country sounding song of the gig. Almost Easy saw Lizzy on keyboards, and another new song followed with One More Goodbye.

Superb vocals, very professional, controlled and beautifully synchronised, which you would expect from twins. Credit should go to the sound engineer at the G Live for making the vocals shine.

Closing the main set were Lose Me and Carry You Home, with enthusiastic clapping from the audience.

The encore was the upbeat and amusing A Town Called Ugley, with similarities to Ike and Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits, before the girls brought on support artist Sarah Darling to perform Our Own Song, accompanied by just acoustic guitar, which highlighted the beautiful vocals of this talented trio.

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