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Amy Macdonald
Reviewer: Trudie Newlove
 
There were notably a lot of happy, smiley people making their way to see Scottish singer/songwriter Amy Macdonald at Scarborough Spa on this warm and beautiful summer’s evening.  I decided on some refreshment before the gig, and sitting on the terrace of the tastefully decorated Farrers Bar watching the sun setting over the sea whilst sipping a cool beer was the prefect prelude to a great evening of excellent music.  
 
First up was Sunderland’s Martin ( 'No I’m not a Geordie') Longstaff from The Lake Poets.  His gentle acoustic set was interspersed with him apologising for how miserable his songs were.  He really had no need to, as his emotive and heartfelt songs were received well by the appreciative audience.  His song 'April' is on the Radio 1 playlist.  It’s a heartfelt song and struck a chord with me.  The place filled up nicely during his set and he was given a warm response at the end.  Martin has been on the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park this year and is due to perform at other festivals throughout the summer. 
 

The Lake Poets

The Lake Poets

The Lake Poets

The Lake Poets

The Lake Poets

The Lake Poets

The Lake Poets

During the interval waiting for Amy Macdonald to take to the stage the Spa took on a kind of festival air as people were dressed in their summery clothes, all good-natured, milling around, drinks in hand.

I chatted to a couple who had been to see her three times already this year and clearly loved her music.  I have been a fan of Amy for some time but never actually seen her perform live.  She fulfilled my expectations - exceeded them, in fact.  Her strong clear voice, folksy tunes and unique guitar sound soon had everyone dancing around and clapping along, the crowd being led by her band.
 
Amy began with '4th of July' and went on to perform a perfect mix of songs from her three albums, including 'Mr Rock and Roll', 'Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over' and 'Run'.  She also covered Jackie Wilson’s '(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher' which was excellent.  My night was made when she performed my personal favourite, 'This is the Life' (I have subjected many an unsuspecting car passenger to my ‘car dancing’ to this song!) 
 
Her encore included her own take on Bruce Springsteen’s 'Dancing in the Dark', her 'Barrowland Ballroom' and concluded with 'Lets Start a Band'.  Amy was warm and friendly with the audience and had some banter with them between songs. Her band all looked happy to be there and they played a tight, polished set. Amy was due to headline at the Wickerman Festival in Scotland the following night and had a bit of a joke with some Scottish fans who had travelled down to Scarborough to see her! 
 
All in all a fantastic gig and, judging by the rest of the audience, they thought so too.
 

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald

 

 

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