This is a pleasant little show which deserves a bigger audience. Mixtape is billed as a “cross between a live gig and a lunchtime music club”, and it delivers on this well. Sophie Grant shifts between a different theme for her songs every couple of days – I got Living in the City (inspired by the Stevie Wonder track) – and she plays a range of music around said theme. Between tracks, Grant talks a little bit about each song, explaining, eloquently and earnestly, both its background and why she likes it.
Grant creates a nice lunchtime atmosphere and backs it up with a great voice.
Grant’s voice is lovely – light and soulful – and she offers stripped back covers of some great songs. The tunes range from Billy Joel, with Vienna, to Gil Scott Heron, with an excellent rendition of We Almost Lost Detroit. Each song feels appropriate to Grant’s theme and to the general mood and they wash around the small tent at The Three Sisters nicely.
The show ends with a nice touch: a cover of the aforementioned Stevie Wonder track which requires the audience to help out with makeshift “fruit-shoot shakers”. All in all, Grant creates a nice lunchtime atmosphere and backs it up with a great voice. What more could you want from a free show on a sunny day?
A cross between a live gig and a lunchtime music club, Mixtape takes a different theme every day and explores it through covers of popular music. Join multi-instrumentalist Sophie Grant and guests for an uplifting and unique experience for all. Previous praise for Sophie Grant: ‘Spine-tingling vocals’ (TheMoverMusicBlog.com). ‘Infectious tunes’ (Tom Simkins, BBC Introducing).