St.-John-at-Hackney provided a beautiful backdrop for Amy Macdonald’s London show this week.
For her current tour, Glasgow singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald stripped back her songs to acoustic versions and delivered an absolute stunner of a show at a church in Shoreditch. “This is the real hipster London, you can’t just do a gig at a normal venue, it’s got to be a church. I feel like Jesus is judging me from behind.” Amy jokes at the opening of the show.
As hipster as it may be, it is a beautiful setting all the same. And while the sound seems to create issues for Amy, for the crowd it echoes magically off the walls of the 225-year-old religious house in East London.
It’s packed to the brim with music lovers, eager to hear Amy’s new arrangements of songs old and new including tracks like Run off her debut album which was added to the set list at the last minute. Ten years on from that debut album, Amy Macdonald still blows away every crowd with her vocal range and, even more so, the bluesy intensity it embodies – which shines even brighter with the stripped back sound of the night.
Macdonald’s Scottish charm is out in force tonight as well was she engages with the crowd who seem more timid than at her usual shows. Whether it’s pulling the security’s leg over a woman dancing on her chair or the dad dancing going on – it’s all thoroughly enjoyable. Before she launches into Prepare To Fall, the multi-award-winning singer tells us how she wrote this song for her mom to poke fun at her for being a die-hard pessimist and has passed on her attitude to Amy herself, with the glass not being “half empty, it’s smashed on the floor”.
Amy’s “acoustic shindig” as she calls it, end with an incredible encore consisting of a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark, her 2012 track Beautiful Life and hit single Poison Prince rounds up the evening with a powerful performance.
With her stripped back, acoustic show Amy Macdonald took us right back to the beginning of her career and showcased her undeniable talent to the London crowd.