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Really made the atmosphere electric !incredible uplifting performer and player😊
The perfect music, with beautiful vocals
.. a sound like no other. Not to be missed!
Amazing voice and so down to earth love listening to your music.
Amazing. they know how to get people on there feet🎶 brilliant!
A great lively sound fusing folk music from many continents,An amazing live band!
A fantastic act! Absolute pleasure to work with.
Beautiful lyrics with beats you just can't help but tap your feet to. Lila J gigs are always great!
This is definitely Sunday afternoon music. I’ve got the fire on, a roast chicken in the slow cooker (yes, you heard me right – the slow cooker) and although I didn’t stay out late last night, I’m weary and need something that’s not going to blast my head off.
Step forward Gloucestershire’s Lila J. Made up of Lisa Jenkinson and Gavin Jones (once of the brilliantly named punk band Foreheads in a Fishtank who did a couple of Peel sessions in the 90’s), Lila J play intricate acoustic songs about life, love and everything in between.
Lisa takes up lead vocals on all 10 tracks that make up debut album ‘Ambulance’. Her voice is very traditional, a little bit bluesy, but mostly acts as a vehicle for her storytelling.
‘Dearest Mabel’ is the standout track, a catchy finger-picked folk song that doesn’t sound a million miles away from what Hattie Briggs is doing at the moment. What is it about that Stroud sound?
Every song apart from one is under 3 minutes long, so as a consequence the whole album is stripped-back, simple and fairly lo-fi. With a second album currently being recorded, local folk fans may wish to look up Lila J because ‘Ambulance’ is a solid debut and I’m sure they’ve plenty more tales to tell on album number two.
Well, this was a pleasant surprise and no mistake.
Sophronie's label-mate Lila J and her musical collaborator Gav Jones played two excellent sets at The Prince Albert on Sunday evening.
The first thing that hits you is Lila's beautifully smooth mezzo voice but pretty soon the whole surprise package is revealed as Jones' extraordinary guitar technique begins to drive the music forward with a variety of unusual rhythms - Gypsy, Balkan and one dischordant, fractured polka 'Night Polka'. The technique is percussive and bass heavy, with the right hand striking well up the fretboard and my word, is it effective. He looks like he's having a great time, despite repeatedly being hit on the head by a large pink sock...
Lila's voice swoops and hovers over the backing like a graceful bird, drawing heavily from their debut album 'Ambulance' - 'Dearest Mabel' is lovely, as is 'Magic Bus' but the standout track of the night for me is the album's closer 'Clouds', which is delightful.
Great fun - loved every minute.