Hannah Grace at The Academy (review)
Welsh singer/songwriter Hannah Grace supported Gabrielle Aplin this April 5th for the last night of Gabrielle’s UK & Ireland tour at The Academy, Dublin.
Hannah Grace is accompanied by an acoustic guitarist, Tadhg of Dublin band Hudson Taylor. From the offset, Hannah Grace’s voice is flawless and her vocal range is mind blowing. Her voice is incredibly soulful, reminiscent of another era when she dives into her lower registers. The audience remains completely silent for the duration of her set, enthralled by an undeniably impressive voice.
Hannah Grace plays two songs written by her father during the set “Never Again” and “Hey You”, proving that her musical aptitude runs in her blood. Both songs are remarkably well written and the crowd respond well to them. Joined on stage for a cover of Kodaline’s “All I Want” by Tom Crouch, a member of Gabrielle’s live band. Her voice makes for a powerfully heart wrenching rendition of the song. With Tom’s departure and the arrival of Tadhg’s brother, Oisín onstage, Hannah Grace launches into a cover of “Wade in the Water”. It is here that she really comes into her own with her soulful voice finally being unleashed into its full capacity.
Her final song is an Etta James cover, “I’d Rather Go Blind”, ambitious for most singers, but faultlessly done by Hannah. She truly leaves an impression on the crowd, with them later erupting into cheers as she walks along the Academy’s upper balcony after her set.
She is currently in the process of writing her EP, one which should be eagerly anticipated, and until then, she is an act not to be missed on a live stage.
Review by Laur Ryan
Photos by Chris Charousset