By: Mustafa Mirreh
10 October, 2017, 20:00
Photo: Carl Osborne
16 million streams on Spotify, tours across the UK and Europe and supported the likes of Charlie Cunningham, Lucy Rose and more. It’s fair to say Fenne Lily is Bristol’s most tipped artist right now.
As we enter the final quarter of 2017, Fenne embarks on another UK tour, this time alongside special guests Sivu, Paul Thomas Saunders and Siv Jakobsen. Tonight see’s the tour in Fenne’s hometown of Bristol, and the artist joint-headlining the beautifully intimate venue of The Lantern, Colston Hall.
A seated affair and not a single word spoken as we enter the dark room with nothing but the heavenly stage light glow shining down on the lovely Siv Jakobsen as she stuns the audience with her mesmeric folk tales. Playing songs from her debut album The Nordic Mellow and EP The Lingering, Jakobsen offers something very modest and her own, whether tales of her time in New York or an emotional connection. This is backed by her incredibly unique vocal which flows with such depth, rising high at times when appropriate. The only foreigner in the line-up (originally from Norway) this evening, she certainly felt at home while notably setting the bar for indie folk music to a whole new level.
Unfortunately we miss Sivu’s performance at the start of the show, and as we have a chat with one fellow attendee (also a musician) gushing over how inspiring Sivu was, it made us feel more gutted. Onwards though as we stay for Paul Thomas Saunders with his collection of emotionally moving songs, both precise and compelling as he leaves many fixed in awe. As the show reaches it’s finale for Fenne Lily, the Bristol artist enters on stage launching into single ‘What’s Good’. Within seconds her calm emotive vocal grips everyone in the room. It’s been sometime since we’ve seen Fenne live and this song as well as others profoundly showcases her growth over the last 12 months.
Switching between acoustic and electric guitar, we see a range of styles, calling nods to Laura Marling and Joni Mitchell. While Fenne’s maturity and songwriting is unmatched at such a young age, we’re also reminded of her honesty – her songs being both personal and heartfelt. ‘Brother’ an example which was written about her sibling always being there for her and also a song about her best friend supporting her growing up. An open book as we all felt a piece of Fenne’s journey while she shares some banter between songs with the audience. It all leads to a tear or two.
Tonight’s show was simply sublime, emotional and heartfelt. Fenne Lily impressive yet again and in the frontline of Bristol’s ever-talented music scene.