VARIETY REVIEW: Acoustic Cafe, Youth Takeover

Poppy and Peanut who performed at October's Acoustic cafe in Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.
Poppy and Peanut who performed at October's Acoustic cafe in Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

South Holland Centre, Spalding, October 20 2015

Acoustic Cafe, along with numerous versions of it, can be found out at most community arts venues in towns and cities across the country.

Acoustic singer-songwriter Josie Clifton.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Acoustic singer-songwriter Josie Clifton. Photo by Tim Wilson.

South Holland Centre has staged its own version of open mic sessions for the past four years, under the Youth Takeover umbrella.

October’s line-up included singer-songwrite-guitarist Josie Clifton and boy/girl pairing Poppy and Peanut, both acts having been part Spalding’s annual Music in the Market Place event in August.

Josie’s set opened with Use Somebody by Kings of Leon, followed by Curtis Mayfield’s Move On Up and Bruce Springsteen’s I’m On Fire.

But it was Josie’s own songs, Fly Me Awat and Don’t Let Me Go, that left this reviewed with the impression that it was just like listening to Florence and the Machine, Jess Cliffe and Annie Lennox.

Poppy and Peanut could easily contend for the market once populated by The Carpenters and The Beautiful South as they sang Can I Be Close To You? by The Paper Kites, Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years, Love’s Not a Competition ny The Kaiser Chiefs and Bruno Mars’ Young Girls.

Josie, Poppy and Peanut showed more than enough to suggest they could go a very long way indeed.

Review by Winston Brown