Review of Megan Blyth at Hmv Inverness on the the 12th of April, 2012, by Frank Finlayson.

 

Having checked my calendar last weekend I realised that an earlier arranged trip to Glasgow would mean that I would miss out on Megan Blyth’s EP launch at Hootananny last Sunday night. By all accounts it was a busy night with some turned away at the door.

 

However, I did not have to wait that long to hear Miss Blyth, and purchase a copy of the aforementioned EP, when she made an appearance at hmv in the Eastgate Centre to entertain the late evening shoppers. I must add that it is also very decent of hmv to support emerging local artists with Megan following in the footsteps of Rachel Sermanni and James Mackenzie. All too often events at such national chains events revolve around the latest release of Call of Duty, Fifa and the like.

 

Set up towards the back of the shop, Megan knocked out a set with a growing maturity, and it is most noticeable that there is an emerging strength and complexity in her vocal, with more shade and depth compared to what I have heard before. All this adds to the growing, and glowing, confidence that this brings to her performances. The three tracks on her EP, Broken Rules, Fading Away and Freedom of Silence were interspersed into the seven song set. The other four songs were made up from Clueless, Dis-ease (emphasis on the hyphen – there has to be a hyphen so I was told!), Burned and old favourite, Million Miles.

It was noticeable that a few copies of the EP were shifted before Megan left the store, and I’m sure that a few more will be sold by the end of her second gig of the night at the Greenhouse in Dingwall.

And so on rolls the Megan Blyth bandwagon, or shopping trolley as it was tonight as Megan and her crew packed up. But not just any shopping trolley it was an M&S shopping trolley. Yes, there is a touch of class about the girl…

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