Laura Elizabeth Hughes at Whelan’s (review & photos)

laura-elizabeth-hughes-whelans-10Laura Elizabeth Hughes played support for The Needables at Whelans on April 10th. Having gained 1 million views and counting on her YouTube videos in little under a year, and over 6,000 subscribers, Laura Elizabeth is one of the most impressive singer/songwriters to come out of a flourish Irish YouTube starlets.

She comes to the stage with setlist taped to her guitar, to face a crowded floor in Whelan’s intimate upstairs venue. Her opening track “Rock The Boat” goes down incredibly well, with the room falling silent at the opening notes. Laura Elizabeth’s voice has often been described as ethereal, and there is simply no other word for it. It is incredibly sweet matching her dulcet chord progressions. What is so outstanding, is that such a sweetly sounding 22 year old writes lyrics that carry incredible weight and depth, beyond her years, which is exactly what makes her stand out in a sea of upcoming singer/songwriters.

Having played a number of songs, Laura Elizabeth introduces a track that is brand new and being debuted here tonight. “All It Is” is a song that showcases Laura’s potential. The lyrics prove that she is only getting better as far as her songwriting goes, quite the feat considering older songs already do more than impress. It becomes clear tonight that Laura Elizabeth Hughes is set to become a well known name on the Irish acoustic scene.

Laura Elizabeth Hughes launches her debut single “The Fear of Falling” on May 23rd, upstairs again in Whelan’s. It is a night not to be missed and will be the first night of a nationwide tour.

A selection of original songs and covers can be found at Laura’s YouTube channel.

Review and photos by Laur Ryan


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