Record Store Day, with live performances outside Blossom Records in Norwich, featuring Daisy Victoria, Natalie Lake et al. 18 April 2014
For Record Store Day a small stage was set up opposite Blossom Records on Bridewell Alley. Amongst a number of acts and Access to Music students performing, the two sets I was able to catch were those by Natalie Lake, and Daisy Victoria, who this time was playing with a band, Sam on bass and Jesse Barrett on drums. Daisy’s sound was strong and powerful, especially with this backing and the surprisingly excellent acoustics of this outside gig. There’s something early 80s about the guitar, with an almost goth mood and full storytelling lyrics, and Daisy has a multitude of tricks and effects on her guitar which she uses well.
It was wonderful to hear Natalie Lake playing a full set too. She has rapidly become one of my favourite local artists and her growth in confidence and the ease with which she speaks between songs is quite staggering, but most of all it is about her songs and *that* voice. Sublime – truly beautiful and she is an extremely good songwriter/storyteller. She will be performing again at the next Grapevine and also at tonight’s fundraiser for Adrian Howes at the Blueberry (8pm free entry but donations for a new guitar to replace that broken in an assault would be welcome).
Special mention to Bob Garrard-Williams, who somewhere between Natalie’s and Daisy’s sets found Jonny Walker who was busking in the city, and magnificently donated his own guitar to Adrian Howes. Until Adrian has a full like for like replacement it is amazing that he can carry on playing, recording and busking. Many, many thanks Bob, it is people like you that help restore faith in humanity 🙂