Review: Annabel Fay

NEW STYLE; Annabel Fay performs at The Whiskey in Ponsonby for NZ Music Month.
NEW STYLE; Annabel Fay performs at The Whiskey in Ponsonby for NZ Music Month.

Kiwi songbird Annabel Fay put on a show of two halves at The Whiskey last night, giving fans a taste of what's to come in 2012.

Rocking her vibrant red 'do and leather pants, Fay kicked off casual with an acoustic set of her best-known tracks, and chucked in a Stevie Nicks cover for fun.

She warned us it wasn't the first time we would hear River, but assured us the second version would be not-as-we-know-it. Stay tuned.

When she'd had enough of the "old stuff" Fay told the tightly packed crowd she'd been working with P Money on her third Album Brave the Rain, due out in August.

After a quick costume change - "I just took off my jacket" - she joined the stage with a drummer and Jay Bulletproof on the decks and announced it was time to party.

With backing beats by her new crew, we were treated to the title track from her new album as well as Hold On, her new single released on Tuesday, and Warrior, the single yet to come.

And we heard River again, given a new life with drums and Jay Bulletproof's tunes.

As well as P Money and the boys on stage, she revealed another influence too - she wrote a song with 80s electronic band Enigma.

It was Fay like we hadn't heard her before but it seemed to come very naturally, and her audience seemed to enjoy the switch.

Fay is one of 99 Kiwi acts to play at the intimate Ponsonby bar during New Zealand Music Month, and it seems the showcase is uncovering a few future stars.

One of those is Jamie McDell, the cute teen songwriter who loves the beach and writing about the emotions of everyday life.    

For someone performing her "very first proper show ever" as she called it on her Facebook page today, she did a cracking job - I heard her dad say he was proud - and will be a voice to listen out for in the coming months.


WHEN: The Whiskey, Ponsonby

WHEN: Wednesday, May 9  

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