Singer songwriter Lucy Spraggan released her latest album ‘I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing’ back in January, six years after the release of her debut album ‘Join The Club’. Despite little to none radio play, the album entered the UK Albums Chart at #12 and Lucy played a triumphant headline tour that we caught at Manchester’s O2 Ritz. After a Summer of festivals that included her first set at Glastonbury, Lucy’s back on the road, taking her acoustic tour to intimate venues around the UK – Wednesday 27th September saw the tour stop in Liverpool at East Village Arts Club.
Despite the typically grim Northern weather outside, spirits were far from dampened inside the Arts Club as Lucy and her keyboardist Richard Littlewood walked on stage to rapturous applause, with Lucy telling the crowd how she hadn’t played Liverpool in a long time and had been looking forward to it, before kicking her set off with the stunning ‘I Don’t Live There Anymore’ from ‘I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing’. The crowd sang every word, resulting in Lucy exclaiming “I knew it, I had a feeling that you’d be amazing and I was right”, complete with a huge beaming smile upon her face.
Fairly early in the set, Lucy explained her desire to make the show as interactive as possible, giving the crowd the choice between two tracks and demonstrating her connection to and respect for her fans. The screams of the crowd led to ‘If I Had The Money’ being played over ‘London Bound’ and the electric atmosphere of the room tells me that either track would have been well received. The set list was comprised of tracks from all areas of Lucy’s back catalogue, with fan favourites ‘Mountains’ and ‘Tea & Toast’ sitting perfectly alongside freshly written tracks ‘The Sunday Song’ and ‘Home Wasn’t Built In A Day’ that have risen excitement levels even more (if that’s possible) for Lucy’s next album, that she hopes to release in 2018.
Lucy’s renowned for her lovable personality, that shone through as she joked and chatted to the crowd throughout the night, as well as her humorous and relatable lyrics – from the empowering ‘Fight For It’ and the heartbreaking ‘Dear You’, to the wittily clever ‘Last Night (Beer Fear)’ and ‘Don’t Know Nothing About The Blues’. Every track was performed with enthusiasm and heartbreakingly emotive renditions of ‘Dear You’ and ‘All That I’ve Loved (For Barbara)’ brought tears to everybody’s eyes. ‘Dear You’ tells a sad tale of suicide, whilst ‘All That I’ve Loved (For Barbara)’ deals with the frustration and sadness that comes with dementia – Lucy well and truly gave them both all that she had and it’s both admirable and touching to see somebody write about such heart-rending issues in such a tasteful manner.
Saying what everybody was thinking, how the night had been amazing though it felt like it had only been 20 seconds long, Lucy broke the news to the crowd that there were only two tracks left and ended on ‘Wait For Me’ from ‘Join The Club‘ – though not before ensuring that everybody was ready to sing the chorus (they were) and jokingly telling them not to sing the rest as that was her bit. There was uproar as soon as Lucy and Rich left the stage, with the impressive racket that the crowd made meaning that it was just seconds before they were back to play ‘Unsinkable’ from ‘We Are’, with Lucy teaching the crowd the chorus and saying how cool she thought it looked when they put their fists in the air for the last word of it. Thus, the night ended with a mass crowd sing-along and a sea of fists in the air in unison.
With lyrics that everybody can relate to and a personality as loveable as the music that she writes and performs, Lucy Spraggan is always a joy to watch live and exceeds expectations every time (despite them being high in the first place!) Her next album is sure to be another masterpiece and the mind is baffled as to why she isn’t on the radio on a daily basis.