Leah Hamer November 19th
Hiding behind a sweep of brown hair and apologising for her winter cold, Emily Jones puts her guitar on her lap and silences The Glebe.
Her voice is charming, she has this delicate pronunciation on words like burn and wildfire, which emphasise her wonderful tonality. Tracks like Bridges and I Hope It Hurts are relatable and raw, their lyrics are stories that spark a memory in every audience member. Would you give it all to love someone, to be loved in return, the sweet melody of these lyrics infiltrated the hearts of the entire pub.
She may see herself as nervous performer, yet she is strong. She opens her heart and mind up to the crowd before her with courage and honesty, and in her timid yet hilarious intervals she bravely releases her inner most fears, passions and heartbreak.
In an industry based on image and deception, Emily is a reminder that the best songs come from the heart, and the best artists sing from the soul.
Ending this evenings edition of Choosedays At The Glebe, were The Taskers- adding further to my theory that they do not sleep.
Beginning with their latest single, The Wolf, two Taskers and an Ellement, kicked off the set. Despite lacking their usual force by numbers, the talent of the members cannot be altered. The Wolf is unmistakeably dynamic with only three performers, in the same fashion as the rest of their songs.
The marvel of The Taskers is their otherworldly diversity, from the hip, crazy-Japanese-disco number Harajuku Nights to soft, heartfelt, get-the-lighters-out Misery & Me. They cook up all sorts of experiments in their laboratory at DROMA Records and have the capacity to pull off any style with ease.
Frontman Jack Tasker buzzes across the stage like a dragonfly, blink and he has moved. Soloing on his cherry red guitar, he slipped into his rock star zone, head popping, leg twitching, before jumping onto the acoustic. Lead singer, backing singer, Japanese singer- he will own any task given to him, just like the women next to him. Sophie unloads a shining, elegant voice from behind the drum-kit before running to the spotlight, alongside Laura, who adds that touch of a violin, which allows them to stand apart and travel across genres.
Then, in a two-for-the-price-of-one offer, Gary Wilcox joined the stage to regale us with some Don’t Call Me Ishmael classics, including The Bugler and their latest single, The Provincial Athlete Throws A Race. The foursome work so well together, and the addition of Gary’s ukulele warms the crowd even more.
The locals in The Glebe that night were well and truly treated- from the tenderness of Emily Jones, the fire of Jack Tasker, the powerful harmonies of SBT and Laura Ellement, and the charm of Gary Wilcox, what more could you want? Even more, apparently, as The Taskers were begged back for a final encore, giving us a unique cover of All Along The Watchtower.