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Tommy Loose entertains at Music in the Marketplace 2015 and on Youth Takeover's Acoustic Cafe EP.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Tommy Loose entertains at Music in the Marketplace 2015 and on Youth Takeover's Acoustic Cafe EP. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Acoustic Cafe EP, Youth Takeover, South Holland Centre, Out Now

Just 24 hours to go until Spalding’s annual Music in the Market Place is the ideal time to review an album featuring musicians whose names have been made by the Youth Takeover-run event.

Acoustic Cafe EP is a collection of six songs from singer-songwriters well-known to Music in the Market Place audiences, including some who were on the bill at last summer’s event in Spalding town centre.

The album opens with Alfie Jack’s tribute song to Spalding, Small Town, recorded by Weston brother George and Freddie Barnett ahead of signing a promotional deal with a London-based management company.

Popular acoustic songstress Med McPartlin then shows plenty of promise with Maisie’s Song, with a voice comparable to the late Kirsty MacColl.

There is an instrumental number from guitarist Tom Brackstone called My Language, Jimi Hendrix-inspired rock with Gypsy Heart and alternative folk/blues artist Hand Drawn by Crayons.

But the highlight of Acoustic Cafe EP is the thought-provoking track from singer-songwriter-guitar tutor Tommy Loose whose song Memories of Me would be fitting for any funeral or memorial service.

Review by Winston Brown