Rose Betts live at Servant Jazz Quarters
The intimate surrounds of Dalston’s Servant Jazz Quarters played host to some wonderful music on Wednesday night.
Rose Betts and her band headlined the show with support from new comer C N T R and Sam Jordan and The Dead Bouys.
Digging deep into his soul Sam delivered a performance worthy of a Jools invitation and begged the question why the humble, small Servant Jazz wasn’t overflowing with Sam’s fans. “Thanks for the goose-pimples” someone in the crowd called out after they played Sister.
Rose and her band took to the stage with a tightly packed room of eagerly awaiting ears; her first EP has been a long time coming. Tolstoy is her muse but heartbreak and human experience are her guiding light. The Stars Look Down is a collection of melodic poetry comprised of words and metaphors which surely belong to a mind beyond the years of the girl holding the pen.
Captivated by her presence, the room lit by fairy lights was treated to a set that began with a nod to her twin sister, in Changing Days. The 5-piece (Mel Underwood on Bass, Pete Morrisby on drums, Sam Rowe on cello and Anne Coghlan on violin) played a dickie-bow-tie tight set awash with vocal harmonies, soaring strings, all scattered with amusing anecdotes from the leading lady.
They closed the show with an epic new song called Six – it had enough drama to hush a stadium, let alone a cosy room. All percussion and erratic stings – and of course a big, bold melody that’s synonymous with Rose’s song-writing – Six cements a new direction in Rose’s writing.
As and artist, and as a song-writer, Rose Betts is without doubt one of the most promising young women in the UK music industry.
Download The Stars Look Down EP here; you definitely need it in your life.