Words by Carolyn Lederach, Photos By Adrian Chew
Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 11th, Gabrielle Aplin took the stage at World Cafe Live (Upstairs). In the midst of other big shows going on that night, it was great to catch a little hidden away acoustic show from one of the UK’s rising stars.
For those of you unfamiliar with Gabrielle, she’s an adorably tiny 21 year old who has a knack for heartfelt songwriting and the voice of an angel (I didn’t hear the girl hit one bad note and she admitted to being sick her whole performance). Earning her growing fame from various places like her well received YouTube covers, touring with Ed Sheeran, having songs on shows like Skins and Resurrection, and her Fleetwood Mac “Dreams” cover with Bastille.
Philly is one of only eight stops on her debut US solo tour, in support of her recent release, English Rain, last week. As Gabrielle took the stage, she had the audience attention instantly. The crowd was packed close to the stage and had their iPhones at the ready to catch every moment. Her setlist was a solid mix of old and new songs, leaving the audience with something to look forward to.
There were many highlights to the set, including a sing along in the audience for “Please Don’t Say You Love Me” and “Home” that came so naturally all Gabrielle had to do was back away from the mic and the audience filled in. She also previewed a new song only a few days old called “Somewhere on the Avenue.” Written about her first time in NYC last week and her expectations of the US. My biggest highlight was in the encore when Gabrielle played an unfamiliar to everyone, after asking them all the sit on the floor while she came out and joined them, unplugged.
I don’t think the audience could have asked for a better show, and I for one look forward to seeing Gabrielle again when she comes back to the US!
Rings Round Roses
Power of Love*
Somewhere on the Avenue
A Case of You (Joni Mitchell cover)*
How Do You Feel Today
Please Don’t Say You Love Me*
ENCORE: A While
*Featured on English Rain EP
English Rain was released in the US on May 6th and can be found HERE.