Launching her album in the Glad Café, the heart of Glasgow’s southside, was Scottish songstress, Siobhan Wilson, with support from California’s Wesley Chung, making for somewhat of a captivating evening. Playing tracks from her back catalogue and this new record, Wilson, previously known as Ella the Bird, seduced her crowd, angelically with her stunning vocals. She has them hanging on her every note.
Promoting new album, released via Song, by Toad Records, There Are No Saints, Siobhan Wilson took herself to the intimate Glad Venue, which for most was more than intimate with this unsurprisingly sold-out gig. Brought up in Elgin, Morayshire, Siobhan Wilson first studied classical piano and cello at a young age and later began playing in youth orchestras across Scotland. After finishing high school she moved to France, as she was fascinated with the culture. Paris was where she started developing her songwriting skills, and this certainly was expressed throughout the evening with several poignant tracks sang in a French dulcet pitch.
Support came in the form of Wesley Chung, from band The Great Albatross, who warmed the audience up nicely for her ditties with his reflective, West – Coast folk music. With lyrics such as “Darkness we came through…escape the heartache,” we were well-versed with enough pathos in songwriting to be ready for Wilson. Her vocals were stunningly offset by cello, guitar and keyboard throughout her set. Dark Matter from the new album showcased her classically trained background, beguiling, entrancing and holding that stage. Paris Est Blanche was a fine song for her to perform in French, as she addresses her old French teacher in the room, apologising for any mistakes she may make. However, as expected, there were none as evident, and I suspect many sales of the new album off the back of this beautifully affecting performance.
Singing with a maturity that suggests a lifetime of heartache and emboldening experience, Siobhan Wilson successfully rolls these wonderful tracks out, all stories within. The lyrics from her encore epitomises this talent; “I’m all dressed up tonight, you couldn’t even care.” And yes, she was indeed all dressed up, but it would be far from the truth to say that this crowd couldn’t even care.
Siobhan Wilson’s new album, There Are No Saints, is out on 14th July via Song, by Toad Records.