Songwriter Showcase – Review

Young songwriters from Hertfordshire performed their songs at a Songwriter Showcase at Stevenage Music centre on Friday 8th December 2017. Songwriter workshop leader Ije Amaechi introduced the performers, and also welcomed to the audience young refugees she and Victoria Port have been working with at Breaks Manor Youth Club in Hatfield.

Charlotte Nairne opened the evening with two nicely understated and reflective lyric-based songs including Collide, written at a workshop at St Albans Music School in April 2017.

Lorna Thompson gave an excellent performance of her heartfelt song Talk to Me, accompanied by HMS workshop leader and Stevenage Rockschool alumna Victoria Port.  “You and me were broken before we begun” is a fantastic closing lyric. It would be great to hear this song in a studio recording.

Snow Foxes gave a confident performance of Lost in Time and Space, written after meeting for the first time at a Songwriting workshop in Watford. Finn Scourfield played some excellent guitar, with confident vocals from Harry Ransley. Drummer Rowan Scourfield then played his powerful and moving Song for Grenfell.

Leona Tindall played 2 great songs on acoustic guitar, and showed a good ear for a lyrical hook.

P4DDY performed a folk-influenced new song that ended with a jig-influenced rap. It will be good to see how he develops this style in future writing.

Miriam Nyarko sang two soul-influenced songs with her uplifting melismatic vocals, including the inspirational Rise.

Princes to Kings from St Albans closed the evening with a confident, and well-focused 3 song set.

Victoria commented on the high quality of all the performances, especially noting how vulnerable songwriters often feel performing their own songs in public.  If so, these young people rose to the challenge brilliantly.

Songwriting workshops and showcases will run at music centres throughout Hertfordshire in 2018 – find dates of all forthcoming events, here.