Review By: Lee Abrahall
Concert: Three Chords and the Truth
Artists: Jimmie Allen, Laura Oakes, and Megan O’Neill
Date: 7pm on Monday 22nd October 2018
Location: Ticketmaster HQ, London
I was so fortunate to attend an invite only event at Ticketmaster HQ for the Three Chords and the Truth event which featured US rising star Jimmie Allen, Irish favourite Megan O’Neill and UK sensation Laura Oakes.
What an amazing venue, you could either take the stairs or the slide to the room, Yes an indoor slide 🙂 The room was designed like a bar from your dreams with Pool table, pinball machine, Stage, sofas, bar stools, you name it, and plenty big enough to hold this lovely intimate gig. The room was full with talent – The event was set up like a Songwriters round with each artist taking it in turn to sing one song at a time, just an acoustic guitar, Keyboard and their amazing vocals.
Megan O’Neill kicked off the show, followed by Jimmie Allen and then Laura Oakes and back to Megan to continue the round, with each act performing 4 songs.
It amazes me how many songs there are in the world. How songwriters come up with new material is beyond me, their talent is underrated in my eyes. Long may they continue to bless us with such amazing tunes.
I was really looking forward to seeing Megan O’Neill again after her stunning performance at The Long Road festival, where her Irish charm shined through on stage.
Megan started the show playing the piano and with help from Tom Smith on Guitar, with her song ‘Half of Myself’.
It was then over to Jimmie Allen to sing (this was his first ever UK performance), now before I attended this event I was looking forward to seeing Jimmie Allen for the first time and he did not disappoint. I can tell you Jimmie is going to have a massive career in Music, and if that fails I believe he could easily become a Comedian because he had me in stitches tonight.
Jimmie stood up and said “I’ve got to stand up because these Jeans are tight”, Jimmie then broke into his first song ‘Blue Jean Baby’ with him playing the guitar and with the support of another guitarist called Josh.
Laura Oakes was up next solo with her guitar, and she kicked of her set with the title song from her EP that was released in 2017 ‘Nashville Stole Your Girl’.
It was onto Round 2 and Megan performed ‘Don’t You’ from her EP ‘Coming Home’.
For Jimmie’s second song he chose ‘County Lines’ one of my favs from his debut Album Mercury Lane.
Laura’s second song was a new song called ‘Old Ghost’ I have to say I loved this and can’t wait for it to be released.
Onto round 3 and Megan sung ‘Let’s Make One Up’ from her current Album ‘Ghost of You’.
Jimmie told us before he went into his third song that it was a song about his late Grandma and that he carries her purple scarf with him which he showed us, as he began to sing ‘Warrior’, which brought a whole new meaning to the song for me.
Laura sung another new beautiful song called ‘Learn to be lonely again’.
It was on to the final round and at this point I did not want this lovely evening to end. Megan O’Neill then took over the guitar and performed another beautiful song called ‘Ireland’.
The song was so good that when Megan had finished Jimmie said “You can’t write a pretty song about America, I want to be from Ireland”.
For Jimmie’s final song he sung ‘Best Shot’ which is his current single and is a huge hit on the other side of the pond.
For Laura’s last song she sung ‘Better in Blue Jeans’ which is another great song from her EP.
The night felt good – I was still on a high when I got home from the buzz. It was a small crowd about 35 I’d guess so was very intimate. The crowd were clapping after each song. There was a free bar which I wasn’t expecting, but only had the 1 beer as had to drive after the tubes etc.
What was nice was that the artists stayed around after to talk (and drink) with everyone.
I would definitely go again if invited.
I would like to Thank Ticketmaster HQ for hosting such a great event and to Building Our Own Nashville @ownnashville for allowing me to review this awesome event.
Megan O’Neill’s current Album ‘Ghost of You’ is out now, Megan is not currently on tour, however she is fundraising through pledgemusic for her next project which she is working on a album with The Dunwells.
Jimmie Allen’s debut Album ‘Mercury Lane’ is out now , and this week is a great opportunity for you to see Jimmie Allen for he is performing at the following venues:
Tuesday 23rd October supporting Chase Rice at Bush Hall, London.
Wednesday 24th October supporting Chase Rice at The Ruby Lounge, Manchester.
Thursday 25th October supporting Chase Rice at Oran More in Glasgow.
Saturday 27th October supporting Chase Rice at Institute 3 in Birmingham.
Sunday 28th October as part of the Bluebird Cafe Nashville at Bush Hall, London.
Laura Oakes is currently on her ‘On The Road & In The Round’ tour with Jesse Terry and Michael Logen. Again this week is a great opportunity to see Laura Oakes on this tour at the following venues:
Tuesday 23rd October at Komedia Studio Bar, in Brighton.
Wednesday 24th October at The Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool.
Thursday 25th October at St Pancras Old Church in London.
Friday 26th October at The Studio in Petersfield.
Saturday 27th October at Daventry WMC in Daventry.