Emmy The Great and The Leisure Society Bandstand Busking

A quick little recap of today’s main event, Bandstand Busking in Northampton Square. I have an end of module exam tomorrow, which I should really have spent all of the day revising for (considering I know next to nothing) but I would rather see Emmy The Great play some songs under a bandstand than revise (and right now I would rather blog about it than revise).

This was my fourth time watching Bandstand Busking, and I can’t recommend it enough.  If you are from London and haven’t been to one yet then I urge you to go, they’re so fun! You get to watch really great bands play a few songs in a fantastic setting for free. The Loney Dear busk last December was really special and I feel privileged to have had the chance to get to watch it in person, it’ll be online soon and you’ll see what I mean.

So today it was the turn of The Leisure Society and Emmy the Great. The Leisure Society were first. I didn’t know their songs but I really enjoyed their set. They played really beautiful folky songs with a violin, cello and flute. They sounded brilliant, if I wasn’t already going to something else tomorrow (Ora Cogan @ the Slaughtered Lamb) then I’d go to the Bush Hall show. I’d say they’re definately a band worth watching out for. They played 3 songs and then a fourth just for fun.

Then there was a short break and we waited for Emmy to arrive. It started to get quite cold and my toes started to go numb. I’ve seen Emmy  play a couple of times fairly recently and really enjoy hearing her perform live, I’ve become quite a big fan. Her lyrics make me listen attentively and she has a really wonderful voice. When she got to the square we all gathered round in the bandstand to watch her play her first song, First Love.

There was quite a big turnout for the busk today which made for a nice atmosphere. First Love is the title track for Emmy’s forthcoming full length, and I really love it.  She didn’t have a plectrum and asked if anyone had one, luckily Crazybobbles was on hand with one. Because First Love isn’t out yet (and there’s only one decent youtube video of it) I was really looking forward to hearing her play it again. Then we all moved out of the bandstand and listened to Emmy play We Almost Had A Baby, which she requested to be written as WAHA Baby. I enjoy Emmy’s sense of humor, which is another reason why it’s fun to catch her playing live. She asked if anyone had a capo on them, conveniently The Leisure Society had one (who else carries a capo round with them?). She played a song called War which was filmed, and then played City Song just for fun. I was so so so happy to hear her play that because I hadn’t heard her do it live yet and it’s one of my favourites. We went to get Bob’s plectrum back and requested she play Secret Circus at ULU for Adam. We didn’t stick around for the interview, we went to Tesco and I got jacket potatoes and Adam got cheesecake. All in all, it was great and I can’t wait to see Emmy play again. February is ages away so hopefully she’ll do some more London shows before then.

There are some more photos on my Flickr and check the Bandstand Busking website for more information about future busks.

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One Response to Emmy The Great and The Leisure Society Bandstand Busking

  1. Chalky January 11, 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    She looks frozen!

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