Laura Veirs Holy Trinity, Guildford – Live Review ****

Renowned American singer-songwriter Laura Veirs delighted fans at Guildford’s Holy Trinity Church with an accomplished performance.

Accompanied by her friend, violist Alex Guy, who earlier had played a solo support set with clever use of loop technology, Veirs is currently touring Europe to promote her latest album Lookout.

Veirs sang and played guitar on most tracks. Guy provided luscious accompaniment on viola and sensitive harmonies borne from many years of close collaboration and friendship. Both took turns at the keyboard to add texture to the sound.

In an 18-song set lasting 75 minutes Veirs featured three tracks from the new release, the opener Margaret Sands, Seven Falls, and the closer The Meadow.

Lookout is Veirs’ tenth solo album since 1999 and she played material drawn from her extensive back catalogue.

The haunting melody of When You Give your Heart optimised the wonderful acoustics of the venue. The standout tracks were Seven Falls, Shape Shifter with it’s beautiful viola accompaniment and the stunning Lonely Angel Dust.

The hypnotic, mesmerising and not to mention oddly named track Spelunking highlighted Veirs’ quirky voice and was met with rapturous applause. July Flame closed the main set.

Veirs and Guy returned for an encore of Sun Song, spotlighting Guy’s unorthadox and compelling playing and closed with The Meadow with Veirs using minimalistic keyboards to maximum effect and violin from Guy showing simplicity can be everything. A stunning end to an enthralling evening.

Words by Chaz Brooks

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