Gemma Hayes at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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What a voice. What a talent. Amazing. Gemma Hayes absolutely blew me away.

The Wedgewood Rooms had been set out with tables and chairs for the evening and I was surprised that it wasn’t busier.

Warm-up act Boat To Row set the scene perfectly with their Ben Howard-cross-Mumford & Sons musical style.

When Gemma took to the stage, the audience were captured from the start.

She played a mix of old and new songs, promoting her new album, Let It Break.

She was funny and endearing and, when she sang, the audience were spellbound.

Three songs in, while tuning her guitar, she took to the mic a cappella and performed a beautiful version of Ae Fond Kiss by Robert Burns. Proving that great singers don’t need instruments and fancy beats.

In Over My Head was dedicated to Louis Walsh. Gemma said that he had offered to work with her at an earlier gig as long as she stopped writing her own songs and started dating a celebrity.

Luckily for us, she turned him down.

Her encore of Chasing Dragons sent shivers down the spine.

A great night from a truly-talented artist.

KIMBERLEY BARBER