As part of the St David’s Hall’s successful and well received Roots Unearthed sessions, we welcomed the powerhouse combination of Amy Wadge and Pete Riley I am not sure who was more excited to be in the room Amy or the audience.
Opening tonight was a young Singer/songwriter Alex Stacey who is getting loads of support from Amy including producing his EP in Amy’s Shed! He delivered a stylised acoustic set with many of the songs about the travails of love won, lost and regrets. There was a change of style with hints of jazz and blues and deep chords the stock-in-trade default for an acoustic act. Deja Vue and Fighting for Me, a bluesy number, stood out and just as you wondered if there was something else he added a loop effect bringing this acoustic act up-to-date I would love to hear more of this. Amy’s influence was noticeable in his self-penned material and is an act to take notice off.
Short-break and Amy bounced onto the stage accompanied by Pete Riley, they are a double-act musically and the chatting and friendly rivalry/bickering between the numbers was fresh and we all got to know a secret about Amy that stays in the room. The great banter on stage shows they obviously get on as friends and respect each other’s music as they travel the country, they are undisputedly two great singer/songwriters. Pete had an easy way of differentiating the track either off the Orange album Afterglow or the White album – no not the Beatles one, this is Rivers Apart plus lots of music from a future album and their back catalogues.
The slide guitar from Pete Riley accompanying Amy Wadge’s vocals was sublime the harmony and depth of textural tone raises this act on every track above the crowded scene of singer-songwriters. We heard from Amy about her two girls and anyone who has experienced toddlers that will not sleep every line of the lyrics, resonates on Won’t Go To Bed. We were also promised a new Amy Wadge album as she has just signed a contract with Sony and then tales of Grammys and multi-million sales on a certain song and Ed Sheeran and the song she co-wrote tonight we heard Amy’s rendition of Thinking Out Loud everyone in the audience was delighted sharing in the success of – she is living the dream and sharing the experiences with us. Amy may be a successful songwriter, but according to Pete and the song he has written Nine Miles of Bad Road; Amy is not a great driver but her singing was once again spot-on. Amy put down her guitar and sat behind a grand piano to accompany Pete’s guitar on Easy On Me from Rivers Apart or the white album left us spell-bound. They both had a solo segment of the evenings music and Alison’s Sky about Pete’s wife is a song full of emotion and then all to soon it was the final number and this was 17 from the orange album, Afterglow dedicated to Amy’s grandparents who have been married for seventy-six years and in their nineties a moving song full of emotionally intelligence as how we stay forever young. It wasn’t the last we were to hear as they added two more songs in the encore, ending with Dance With Me; tonight was live music close up and personal. Enjoy your break from the road, but come back Amy & Pete sharing songs, old, new and very much-loved.