Review: Big Hug Management Presents... at Little Johnny Russell’s in Southsea

Jerry Williams at Victorious Festival 2015.  

Picture: Allan Hutchings (151290-951)
Jerry Williams at Victorious Festival 2015. Picture: Allan Hutchings (151290-951)

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Considering it’s only their fifth gig, and their first outside of their hometown of Bournemouth, The Grafton Fridays acquitted themselves well in front of a packed LJR’s.

But the definite star of the night was Jerry Williams. The young singer-songwriter has come on in huge leaps and bounds over the last couple of years.

Now performing with a full band, she’s leaving behind the winsome early performances in favour of something with a bit more bite.

That’s not to say there’s been a radical overhaul, but with the band her pop-rock carries a bit more punch.

Several new songs get an outing, including new single Mother, and they all slot in nicely with the older material, such as Boy, Oh Boy and Cold Beer, which in front of this audience often become singalongs.

Brighton’s Michael Baker wraps the night up. His soulful voice and rousing songs, several of which sound like potential future anthems, makes sure those who stay to the end are glad they did.