The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter opened its doors to welcome SongwallLIVE! Enthusiastic music lovers with a passion for Birmingham’s musical history gathered to support local talent.
SongwallLIVE! brought an insightful contrast between music industry veterans and upcoming artists emerging in the digital era. This showcased the evolution within Birmingham’s music scene over the last few decades.
Songwall’s founder, Brendan Poynton opened the event with two original songs, ‘Eyes of Change’ and ‘Real’. His acoustic repertoire demonstrated what Songwall is all about, musicians with a passion for fairtrade music.
Musicians are the fabric of every City and Rob Peters is no exception. Rob performed an array of original songs; these were from various projects he had worked on throughout his life, including Dangerous Girls, Everything But The Girl and his current project, Peters and Dog. Rob alternated between discussing his personal music history and showcasing his vast knowledge and repertoire spanning three decades. As well delighting us with his original songs, he also incorporated two covers into his set from artists who have inspired him. He chose to begin his performance with The Beatles, ‘Her’ and later treated us to Wonderwall by Oasis. His musicianship and incisive anecdotes from his experience in Birmingham’s local music scene evidently impressed the audience.
Next to perform was Sophielou along with guitarist Niall Creane to accompany her on an guitar for her first acoustic performance.
Sophielou is known for making conscious music in the community. The messages conveyed through her lyrics exude positivity. Her tracks were designed to be ‘music that makes you think’ as she promotes avidity and activism within her lyrics. Performing her music in such a stripped back fashion, gave her vocals and her message a chance to really shine through and be heard in a way that would make sure you were left thinking.
She touches upon subjects like love and loss in ‘City Full Of Lights’, a song elaborating on the end of a toxic relationship and the negative emotions felt from a distressing ultimatum.
Sophielou also gave us a stunning exclusive acoustic listen to her brand new single, ‘Ambience’. The song was about her outlook on the world and what she has learnt whilst experiencing various stages of progression in her life. She also wrote this track to tackle the immense pressures of young people becoming addicted to social media.
Her music and outlook on the music industry is purely from a digital, ‘21st century’ perspective. Sophielou began her musical journey in the height of social media’s colossal rise in popularity. This encouraged her to focus solely on distributing her original songs via the internet to cater for a young audience living in the digital age.
This, in contrast to Rob Peters, who emerged onto the music scene in the pre-Internet era, provided a rare and unique outlook. This is because SongwallLIVE! merged these artists into the same gig to offer two different perspectives. This promoted curiosity from the audience to ask the artists about performing and distributing music in their era during a short question and answer session following the performances.
Regardless of what era the artist’s began writing music, the aspect that has remained the same, is that all of the musicians begun their journey because of their passion and devotion to writing and performing music. This same desire is what brought them all together via Songwall.
Overall an excellent kick off to a whole series of SongwallLIVE! events taking place at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Make sure you are there Saturday 11th November for the next highly anticipated SongwallLIVE! event.
You can support and download the music from Sophielou and Rob Peters via their Songwall profiles.
Join us for the next SongwallLIVE! event on Sat 11th November
Live review written by
Steff Hanson & Kitty Opal
Edited by Kitty Opal