Familiarise yourself with the breath-taking talent of song-writer Beckie Margaret before she inevitably steps in to larger spotlights, performing to sold out crowds. She packed out The Waiting Room at her debut London gig on Thursday night (hosted by Parallel Lines), and proved that despite only playing live for the third time; she has a rare and precious gift for making music that can’t be ignored.
Inspired by the likes of Lucy Rose, Jeff Buckley and Bon Iver; Beckie’s songs are tender, intuitive, and effortlessly delivered. She’s still at University in the final year of her song-writing degree, but there’s something about her voice and her stage presence that can’t be found in a textbook. It was a pleasure to behold someone so young look so comfortable whilst singing about love, life, and trying to see the colour in the world when everything’s tainted by poor mental health.
Despite having only one single online at the time of the gig, Beckie’s set was full of modest, melodic songs which displayed her enviable musical and lyrical sensitivities. Supported by her label mates from Cool Thing Records (Luke & Jazz from Asylums played bass & guitar alongside her, whilst bassist Mike was on hand for guitar changes) Beckie performed her debut ‘Cars & Catacombs’ as well as her latest release ‘At Home (Where I Write)’ amongst other songs; and all were delivered with elegance and precision. Her incredible cover of The Beatles’ classic ‘All You Need Is Love’ also acted as further proof of her remarkable and idiosyncratic style.
Beckie Margaret’s voice and natural charisma are unique and precious; and the Cool Thing Records family have clearly worked in harmony with her, nurturing and supporting her since the release of her debut single in 2016. We can’t wait to see what Beckie’s going to do next, and we recommend you catch her now before she ultimately becomes uncatchable.
Support came from Calluna. Performing with a full band, front woman Heather shone (not just because of the glitter on her face) in the spotlight with her strong, sultry vocals. Perfectly billed alongside Beckie.
Photo Credit: Kana Waiwaiku