Published on April 8th, 2012 | by Kenny Mach1
Edwina Hayes – Marrs Bar, Worcester – 01/04/12
Just over a year ago, I had a pleasure of meeting Edwina at The Marrs Bar, a gorgeous, candlelit venue in Worcester, all because I got attached to a song I heard on feature film My Sister’s Keeper and I just had to find out more.
Since then, I’ve been to a number of her gigs and returned to the venue that now holds great memories for me.
To open the evening, a young singer/songwriter from Brighton, Jess Allen who captured the audience with soft vocals and meaningful lyrics that made her music so easy to listen too. Within her setlist, Jess covered Joshua Radin’s Closer delicately and Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love, a song that I’ve heard so many times by so many different people and Jess’ rendition was welcoming. Her own songs were calm and they all had meaning with my favourite being ‘Island.’ What’s memorable about Jess is her persona on stage. She’s clearly a talented musician, confident in her music and there’s a vulnerability to her performance which was pleasant to watch.
Edwina Hayes entered the stage and was greeted by a friendly silence. Inside, we’re all screaming but every time before she starts to sing, the whole room stays incredibly still and peaceful, you could hear a pin drop; but not before she fills us in on the hilarious gossip about what she’s been up to.
She’s had a busy year since the last time she visited The Marrs Barr, gigging up and down the country, around America and even playing her part in a lovely engagement in Canada but she’s still very much a Yorkshire lass.
With just her guitar, (I think it might be a new one too) Edwina captured the audience with her effusive personality and heartfelt songs. We were treated to many songs from her albums Good Things Happen Over Coffee, Pour Me a Drink and even a track from her first album Out On My Own which is no longer available in CD format. Edwina also performed a cover of Don McClean’s Vincent (Starry Starry Night) which I can only describe as stunning. I hope it will be available to download soon.
Most of her songs are about love. I’ve been to see Edwina a number of times and at each gig, I learn something new about the events which inspire the songs she’s wrote. She recites personal stories with high humoured spirits and you as a listener feel engaged. This is generally what happens to me at each gig. I laugh at her stories, her sweet voice then pierces through my heavily armoured emotional guard, I find myself in a whirlwind of different feelings and then I end up smiling, filled with joy as she brings me back with her Yorkshire charm.
Amongst all the chitchat, Edwina mentioned that she’s looking to record some new material soon which I’m very excited about, maybe Vincent (Starry Starry Night) could be part of it 🙂
Edwina Hayes is pure class and is full of banter. Underneath the raw, heartfelt performances, lies a delightful, modest singer/songwriter with one of the sweetest voices that you’re likely to hear. If she’s performing near you, go and see her. You won’t be disappointed.
Have you seen Edwina live? Do you know of any singer/songwriters that we NEED to check out? Leave us your comments.