REVIEW: Lissie at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Lissie: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Lissie: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
David Gostick leads the Portsmouth Choral Union at a previous concert

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Removing electricity from rock to leave just voices and guitars beckons assumptions that only a raw, atmospheric gloom will remain.

On her acoustic tour, Lissie backs this up with the profane Shameless, its erratic rhythm built from knocking on guitars.

Her chaotic movements escalate from tapping to stomping during Further Away, and while Sun Keeps Risin’ might normally be peaceful and layered, its lost volume is compensated for by impressive belting. It is all a great twist on the country singer’s repertoire.

Proposing a toast, wine aloft, Lissie seems to be the friendliest soloist around. With a beaming grin, she tells fans how she holds the UK dear, having found her international break here.

Now an independent musician, she feels that she has a ‘cozy old friendship’ with everyone. The fans clearly agree when they are drawn in to discuss roast dinner and Lissie’s nastiest tour story of her guitar smelling unusual.

Brilliantly, tonight feels as much like a performance as it does a Sunday evening family get-together. NICK POLLARD