Write Like A Girl - Beth Keeping, Danni Nicholls, Jade Helliwell, Remember Monday - Camden Chapel


Our first visit to the Camden Chapel, an almost boutique venue in Camden. After climbing the steps to the first floor venue we eventually enter into a white walled room with a high ceiling, there are a smattering of chairs down either side and a floor covered in cushions and lights for everyone else to sit on, with space at the back to stand. It is a small venue but there are no bad vantage points, wherever you sit or stand good view is guaranteed for all.

For the Write Like A Girl team, it is their second consecutive sold out show, and such is the ongoing demand for tickets that from next month they'll be looking to expand into a larger as yet undecided venue. Tonight's show is an indication of the strength and depth across the UK female performing spectrum. with four distinctly different acts each bringing something a little different to the table, to make a diverse, hugely enjoyable evenings entertainment.

The opening song in each round would fall to Jade Helliwell, and she chose to open with "Drive", about life's journey, a song celebrating who you are on the journey with rather than the journey itself. With its one word title extended to the maximum length giving Jade a chance to power out the chorus. The bar was immediately set high and the evening was to to continue in that vein.

Second to go was Danni Nicholls, riding high on the recent release of her latest album "The Melted Morning". Of the four acts, certainly the most confident guitar player, with some beautiful playing to accompany "Texas". For the verses she seemed to be deep in the zone with her eyes closed, only opening them for the chorus. With a rich warm smooth vocal style it was a magical four minutes.

Our host for the evening, and performing for the second time in a week for us was Beth Keeping. There was a difference between the two shows in that this time, she was sitting rather than standing and also that this was in front of a silent crowd, intently listening on every word. Last week was great, but tonight it seemed that Beth took it to another level, "Flashbacks" about the little things that take you back, like the smell of an ex's cologne sounded even more like a perfect piece of singer songwriting.

Our final act of the round was in fact a group, Remember Monday, who have come out of the brush with tv fame unaffected, with a delightful line in self deprecating introductions they've clearly pushed on amassing lots of new material. It was one of their older songs "Your Kinda Love" that was their first contribution, as it has been for nearly all of their shows apparently. A reviewing nightmare with vocal duties split between the three but there is no denying their effectiveness when all three come together to provide those harmonies.

It was back to Jade for round two and her award winning song that she unleashed at about this time last year prior to playing Nashville Meets London. Co written with Sue McMillan "Boom Tick" never fails to raise a smile with its infectiously saucy chorus! Jade well and truly got the party atmosphere going.

Danni's second contribution, co written with Jess Morgan, "Losing it" kicked off with some lively expressive guitar playing, with the vocals line on the chorus "I have so much love to give" getting louder each time round with some superb power delivery on the final round.

By comparison Beth had a much more subdued playing style though none the less effective. Another song that sounded more confident than it had the previous week was "Strangers in The Same City" with real emphasis on the lines "I'm scared i'll see you, I'm scared I won't" which really helped sell the song.

Remember Monday had the Chapel laughing with the tale of how their next song had not only failed to be submitted for a competition but how the fact had been kept from chief songwriter Lauren!. It was Lauren who opened up the vocals on "Home To Me", on a song largely sung as a trio and highly effective it was too.