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The Leylines – Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix

Music: The Leylines

Reviewer: Georgie Bird

The Leylines are six-piece band from Weston Super Mare whose genre is hard to pin down, falling somewhere between folk and rock. They are comprised of Dan Thompson (electric guitar), Dave Burbidge (drums), Hannah Johns (violin), Matthew Wilkins (acoustic guitar), Sean Booth (bass) and Steve Mitchell on vocals. The addition of a violinist to the band compliments the other members and further flourishes their musicality.

They released their first album Along the Old Straight Track in 2016 and have been a staple on the festival scene ever since, having played Glastonbury Festival and T4 on the Beach. Saturday night sees them play the intimate Voodoo lounge in Exeter Phoenix. The room is filled comfortably with around a hundred people – a mix of fans and first-timers.

The stage is warmed up by Davey Malone with his entertaining and unique songs. The Leylines came on promptly at 20:30 and the room quickly comes alive with their brand of foot-stomping folk rock. Steve Mitchell makes a charismatic frontman, bantering with the audience and making sure they are involved at all times. His voice is raspy and perfectly suited to the booming nature of many of their songs. Clapping and cheering is greatly encouraged, creating a vibrant and rowdy atmosphere and ensures everyone in the room is having fun.

Most of the songs are from Along the Old Straight Track, with a few new tracks thrown in from their upcoming new album Recover Reveal which goes down well with the crowd. The band announced that a Spring tour will coincide with the new album.

The gig has a brief political interlude; in the introduction to a song, Steve Mitchel briefly talks about his feelings on the armed forces and war. This seems a bit out of place in such a lively gig and mellows the room for a few minutes.

There is a heart-warming intermission where the audience sings Happy Birthday to 12-year-old Rosie – who seems suitably embarrassed.

Davey Malone is invited back onto the stage for a lively rendition of Run For Cover where the audience joins in and the room erupts with various choruses of ‘Run, Run, Run’. This is supposed to be the last song, but the audience demands more so they play one more – much appreciated – song.

The Leylines thoroughly entertained everyone in the audience for a generous hour and a half; gaining many new fans along the way, with a setlist that showcased how talented all the band members are.

Their next gig is in Weston Super Mare, counting down to New Year’s Eve which is sure to be great fun – tickets still available for anyone at a loss at New Years Eve.

Reviewed on 1st December 2018 | Image: Contributed

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