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Lottie Holmes

Geared more towards the potential for the open frontage and balmy alfresco dining of the summer months, the airy high white ceilings of Farrer’s Bar at the Scarborough Spa are not an easy space to fill on a chilly February evening, but local singer songwriter Lottie Holmes, makes it look effortless with her rippling guitar playing and clean, engaging vocals.

Undeterred by the chill weather, the audience, enjoying food and drinks from the Monday Menu, were treated to an eclectic mix of song choices that demonstrate the range Lottie commands, from covers of 80's power ballads like Jennifer Rush's 'The Power of Love', to ultra modern chart toppers in Dua Lipa’s 'New Rules', to her own self-penned offerings.

Opening with a loose, soulful cover of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, Lottie’s youthful vocal style is reminiscent of artists like Ellie Goulding, but with a sweeter, cleaner tone and the occasional decorative vocal variations that can often be heard on the folk circuit from the likes of Cara Dillion. However, if this sounds a little too sickly sweet, don't be fooled; the young musician has an edge and a playful quality to her musical performance which means her take on songs like Lady Gaga’s 'Poker Face', the afore mentioned 'New Rules', Little Mix's 'Touch' and Lorde’s 'Royals' are delivered with punch and precision.

As a songwriter, Leicester born Holmes, who made Scarborough her home after studying Music at the Hull University Scarborough Campus, favours lilting soulful melodies accompanied by thoughtful, reflective lyrics. Poached from another course by friends who convinced her to switch studies after hearing her sing at an open mic night, Lottie describes herself as a an eclectic music lover, who is influenced in her acoustic style by such artists as City and Colour and Gabrielle Aplin, and these influences and others like Joni Mitchell, are reflected in songs like the beautifully haunting 'Years' and 'Goodbye' which, among others, can be found on her Soundcloud.

A little quiet between songs, Lottie claims nerves which are rarely apparent in her music as she delivers with style and maturity, but friendly and approachable, she chats easily one-on-one after the show where I learn she is not just a solo artist, and can also be heard singing with band 'Lottie and the Sad Boys' who are due to play Indigo Alley on the 16th of March.

The Monday Menu at Farrers continues to host a range of local talent, continuing with The Feens on 19th March, Connor Lawlor on 26th March and Ben Parcell on 9th April.

You can catch Lottie Holmes (and I strongly recommend you do) in her regular monthly slot, from 8-10pm every first Sunday of the month at The Merchant on Eastborough in Scarborough, or Like and follow at www.facebook.com/LottieHolmesMusic to stay up to date with her upcoming gigs.

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