After the worldwide success of her 2003 album Isolated Impressions Emma has been back in the
studio both at home in Hull and in New York and put together a particular set of
tracks marking a change of direction in her music.
Emma welcomes us all to the Lamp with a bright smile and breezy Hello and an
acknowledgement to the artists Shep and Steve Reed who have supported her tonight.
She opens her set with Grand Designs a potent song taken from her first album.
With a sense of purpose, candid and creative, her beatific trademark vocal style
cuts through the gentle buzz of the crowd and captures the seventy or more throng.
Sometimes solo artists are very much on their own on an empty stage but tonight I
could feel the audience were with Emma; every note and refrain.
A warm glow spread throughout the room, as Hull's own voice of an angel rang out
and reverberated of the ruby walls.
In between airing tracks, old and new, including some from the new EP Oceans/Depart Emma
talks to her audience.
She mentions Leicester Square and for a brief second I think she is going to refer
to the recent events in London, but what unfolds is a kooky little tale about white phone booths.
She stands tall (in heels at least) somewhere between the traditional Folk genre
with more easily accessible pop melodies not quite Eliza Carthy country but somewhere near,
partly due to the darker deeper phrases having something of a Gaelic flavour.
Arresting her audience she shifts effortlessly from a soaring soprano to a soulful
sonorous contralto; shades of Joni Mitchell perhaps.
Simple songs like Fireworks; minimalist with easy rhyming couplets, sit side by side
with more complex songs like Oceans; phrases swell and fall like blue coral waves,
over and over, emotional yet hugely inspiring.
Especially if you think back to how Emma has financed this musical passage.
She started by playing on street corners to passers by in both the bright sunshine and
the bitterest of cold winds.
Each day she counted up what she made, keeping a tally on her progress, until she had enough
to fund a recording session at Fairview.
From this gritty determination sprang forth her debut album Isolated Impressions, which
received critical, acclaim and has sold well both on a national and an international level.
Emma also decided to set up her own record company Indreams Records to negate some of the
pressures and pitfalls usually experienced by emerging artists.
Album Reviews - Emma Rugg - Oceans / Depart EP By Steve Rudd
Since Hull singer-songwriter Emma released her fabulous debut album
Isolated Impression, her song writing style has changed somewhat,
with this five-track EP being the perfect showcase for two brand new
songs (in Oceans and Depart), along with appearances from her older
tunes When I Looked At You and Prelude To The EndRead more...
Music Reviews - Saturday 16th July 05 - Doing Hull a Favour - Silhouette Club By Joe Hakim
So I'm walking down Beverley Road, and as I'm walking this car stops at the lights and a guy hangs it head out of the window and shouts across to me, "Ey, mate...yeah you!"
I try to ignore him, but seeing as I'm the only person on the street, there's no doubt in my mind that he's talking to me. Shit... "I think yer've dropped summat, mate," he yells.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 5th July - Dirty Dreamers, The Saved and Substitute at the Sesh By Michelle Dee
Over the last few months the Sesh live music night at the Linnet and Lark has been regularly pulling in 150+ people every Tuesday night. Bands from Hull and further afield choose the Princes Avenue pub as the place to be seen.
In the last twelve months the Sesh has grown steadily in popularity so that on any Tuesday you are
guaranteed quality entertainment amongst a knowledgeable crowd of musicians
Music Reviews - Tuesday 19th July - Killer of Saints at Fibbers, York By Tom Law
I love going to Fibbers. I still have awesome memories of the last time we made the trip to
York to see 36 CrazyFists ... quite possibly the best gig I have ever been to.
So I couldn't have been looking forward to this anymore unless I was dragging the
Pope along for a night out.
Killer of Saints made their way onto the caged stage
Music Reviews - Thursday 14th July - Jelly at The Welly By Michelle Dee inspired by Chris Morphine
Tonight the club is full of 50cents lovers who have just bought the new
Razorlight album, says Chris, the beautiful Morphines guitarist.
By throwing on a string of beads and a brightly coloured scarf, they declare to
all who will listen I am Indie, really!
They have duly paid their £4.00 or £2.00 with NUS cards.
According to the flyer you get this reduced entry if you are a member too,
Music Reviews - Hollywood and Mantra at Ringside By Emily
As I arrived at the Ringside, I noticed that the venue seemed quiet and fairly empty.
However, the turnout was good considering that the gig was promoted solely through the
bands websites and by word of mouth.
As Mantra dragged through a tight set of Pantera style metal;
consisting of heavy riffs and memorable choruses, their confidence and stage
Music Reviews - Saturday 4th June 05 - SideWinder, Mr Mojo, The Vultures, The Cardinals at the New Adelphi By Julia Grant
Unfortunately I arrived late to find that I'd missed the first band of the night, The Cardinals.
I was told that it had been their debut gig.
No doubt I'll get another chance to catch them somewhere soon.
Having already seen The Vultures play once before, I thought I knew more or less what to expect.
It turns out that I can't have paid that much attention to them on that first occasion.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 12th July 05 - The Paddingtons Single Release at Ringside and Signing at HMV By Joe Hakim Photos by Darren Rogers
I'm not quite ready for the sun when I step into it, and if I'm being honest about it I still haven't recovered
from the weekend. I spent it in Bridlington, trying to devise ways to sneak into the Kings of Leon gig.
At the last minute I rolled up to the door with a friend who employed some kind of Jedi mind-trick.
It was a brain bending trick, and needless to say, I got fuckin' smashed in celebration.
Music Reviews - Friday 24th June 05 - Fifty-Nine Violets, the Applewhites, The Vels and Kohiba at The Music Man By Michelle Dee Photos by Darren Rogers
Down the back streets of the city almost opposite an open concrete waste-ground
lies a new music venue with a pioneering culture.
For the last six to eight weeks The Music Man has been pulling in live music lovers
for it's No Holds Bar Friday nights of fun. Proprietor, Fegs says that he wants a
place with a chilled out atmosphere where people can come and party, have a great
Music Reviews - Wednesday 6th July 05 - Farewell to the Raywells? By Joe Hakim Photo Gallery By Michelle Dee
Ah, wet Wednesday, if it's not a cliché already, then it should be.
It's The Raywells' reunion gig at The Piper, so I decide to go.
The fact that I'm getting in for nowt, has absolutely nothing to do with it, honest.
I'm one skint motherfucker, so I have to walk to Newland Avenue from the town centre.
It's a bit of a fuckin' hike, especially when it's pissing it down.
The shit British summer
Music Reviews - Tuesday 5th July 05 - REM at Hull KC Stadium By Steve Rudd photos by Matt Rudd & SMC
The quality of weather couldn't really have been any worse for what is essentially
deemed as being the height of summer, but the relentless rain failed to dumb down most people's spirits.
Unfortunately, myself and (some of) my family arrived late at the venue.
One of my brothers, Martyn (who has long been the biggest REM fan in the family,
and who is almost
Music Reviews - REM / The Zutons / Idlewild - KC Stadium, Hull, 05/07/05 by Nicholas Boldock photos by Matt Rudd & SMC
As is the way with these things, it's chucking it down when Idlewild arrive on stage. Presumably the rain doesn't
bother them - they are from Scotland after all, and therefore no strangers to Biblically-proportioned downpours.
Which is just as well, as the heavens have well and truly opened.
It's a shame that so many people