Liz Aiken Blues Doodles: Live Review of Ayesha Supporting Ian Siegal @ The Garage Swansea


"Ayesha, opening tonight whilst the packed crowds at The Garage were eagerly awaiting Ian Siegal (a daunting prospect for anyone…), managed it well as the crowd listened and enjoyed the music being shared with them. This rising singer song writer from Swansea opened with Doors; Ayesha, loves the blues but is a country girl at heart; Cherry Pie, her vocals and keys worked in perfect harmony her songs told a story with every word being sung with empathy ensuring emotions rose and fell colouring this simple tuneful country ditty.

Off album ‘Hunger for the Taste' of Country lilt suiting the timbre of her voice followed by the more bluesy Goodnight Mr Jones especially the lyrics. Her final song was first public performance of a mournful melody suiting the tale of love lost… Sweet Dreams Darling. Only cover of the night was the Eagles number ‘Wasted Time’ the varied set demonstrated the depth of this talented artist who has been recognised by BBC’s Whispering Bob Harris. Ayesha tonight was minus her band showing a different reflection of her songs cut down versions, and has the stage presence to make this a really intimate and full live music experience."

From the debut album 'A Thousand Shores' a live stripped back version of Ayesha's 'Hunger For The Taste' filmed at the Cross Hands 1920's Cinema Hall. Guitarist Mark Pontin accompanies in this haunting rendition of a song of love lost from two very different perspectives. The loss of a good love, the loss of a bad love...& the one thing that they both share- The lingering hunger for the taste.

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