Gig review, Beth McCarthy at Fibbers
Hannah Petch / 09-03-2019
Friday night saw Beth McCarthy take to the stage in Fibbers for what was to be a fun-filled night.
The first support act of the evening was Annie Donaghy, the young singer performed a mixture of covers and originals. Her original tracks really made her stand out as a singer-songwriter we should keep our eyes on. Her vocals are strong and pleasing to the ear. She really got the crowd going, leaving them excited for what was to come.
Antonio Lulic was the next support act. Again, he was a great crowd pleaser. His strong and husky vocals sound amazing live, a fantastic guitarist and a brilliant lyricist, his tracks are as good live as they are recorded; if not better. His lyrics are heartfelt, he is a fantastic storyteller and performer meaning the audience were highly engaged. He has previously opened for Ed Sheeran and he could undoubtedly headline his own show. All of the tracks he performed are available to listen to on his album and EP which can be found on Spotify.
The penultimate act of the night was The Dunwells. This duo features an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar and some seriously excellent vocals. The brother’s voices compliment each other nicely, and both of them are strong vocalists in their own right. They have similarities to Lone Bellow and The Lumineers whilst also being original and unique. The crowd loved this act, they were the perfect warm-up for Beth McCarthy, she has co-written a number of songs with them and it is clear why; they are excellent songwriters. They have two albums out, ‘Light Up The Sky’ and ‘Follow The Road’, both are available on Spotify. Their new album will be released on 17th May, and if their last two are anything to go by then it’s guaranteed to be a good one. All of their tracks are fantastic and they sound even better performed live. They are definitely a band to watch out for. They go on tour on the 24th May and I’m certain they will provide the crowds with some amazing shows.
So after some fantastic support acts, the main act of the night took to the stage. She opened with her first single ‘Shame’, the first track on her EP, and it really set the tone for the rest of the night. The second song she sang, ‘I’m in”, she co-wrote with The Dunwells, in fact, four of the songs she sang were co-written with them, it is a collaboration that works really well. This was the first time she had performed with her full band, however, some of her best performances were the ones that were stripped back, she performed a few tracks with just her guitar and this really allowed the audience to appreciate her vocals and lyrics. The day of the gig was also the day of her EP launch, ‘Self Portrait’ is an EP about learning to love yourself, a message she was keen to reiterate throughout the night - it is available now on Spotify. Heart Sober, a song that emphasises this theme, was one of my favourites. Her favourite track is her encore track ‘Wild Fire’ which she got the audience involved with. It is a real dance track and it was a fantastic way to round off an amazing night. Her support acts complimented her perfectly and she put on a fantastic show. Keep an eye out for all of the acts, they are all brilliant in their own ways.
The Hiscox Building, Peasholme Green
York, YO1 7PR