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All the Way LIVE: Jamie Woon

March 15, 2011

Some people are just genuinely nice – Philip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Howard Marks – but it’s a rare commodity in the music industry. Jamie Woon is one guy who is showing that not all artists these days need to be arrested for being under the influence, or wearing a meat dress to an awards show. He just brings honest, brilliantly written songs.

Commanding the stage in note more than a black shirt and an almost apologetic personability, the singer serenaded the audience at Stealth with some of his dubstep inspired soul. He’s probably best known as being something of a Loop Station master, so it was good to see him putting that tech to good use with the aid of a guitar and drums. Oh my, those drums.

The lovely lad from London lad ran through a couple of his best-known tunes mixed with some material from his upcoming long-player Mirrorwriting, before the absolutely massive Night Air. The double-time snares and escalating guitar mixed with Jamie’s Milk Tray-like vocals were just irresistible.

He then ended with a souped-up version of his now-classic Wayfaring Stranger. The tune just encapsulates his whole vibe as well as showing off his voice – that soulful crooning that drips black America and UK folk. Sounding like Deep South blues put in a Moulinex with heartfelt lyrics inspired by Dwele and D’Angelo, this was a perfect end to the set.

It was testament to the Woon’s wide-ranging appeal that on one side of me were some dubstep-loving student types with lurid t-shirts, and on the other side were a couple who were tersely discussing the babysitter implications of such a late performance. That’s diversity, right there.

At just 30 minutes long, Jamie’s tight set packed more into the short slot than some hour and-a-half gigs. It will be good to catch him in a few months time at Rescue Rooms, rather than the tiny sweat pit that is Stealth Room 2. This kid should be playing the big rooms!

Jamie Woon played at Dollop at Stealth on Friday March 4, 2011.

Originally published at LeftLion.co.uk, Monday March 7, 2011.

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