Review and photos by Russ Powney
“A world of her own creation that I escape into” – words attributed to Anna Calvi, the former Mercury Prize nominee, wildly acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician. She continued her commitment to live performance tonight, here at the Institute in Birmingham. An intimate venue, it complemented Anna Calvi’s performance exquisitely.
Vivid in red and mesmerising from the moment she delicately stepped onto the stage, not a murmur rose from the audience between tracks, so captivated were they by her ephemeral presence.
An extensive set comprising tracks taken from her two albums, Anna Calvi and One Breath plus an unusual take on Bruce Springsteen’s “Fire”. Her vocal and guitar are quite breathtaking, at times ‘Post Punk’ with Hendrix type ‘shredding’.
Ultimately no comparison can or should be drawn, Anna Calvi is so unique, here lies the true beauty. You simply tumble and fall into an intoxicating world and breathe. No preconception, no limits, just pure and clear.
The performance was indicative of an artist capable of pushing boundaries, romantic yet dark, often menacing and full of lust. Anna Calvi is truly a modern day heroine.
1. Suzanne And I
4. Sing To me
6. First We Kiss
8. I’ll Be your Man
9. Love Of My Life
10 Piece By Piece
11. Carry Me Over
12. Kiss To Your Twin
15. Love Won’t Be Leaving.
16. Bleed Into Me
See more of Russ’s photos here