a review by Tom Girard
Back before Christmas Robert J. Hunter escaped the UK lockdowns to return (temporarily) to the Bailiwick for the holidays and played a sold out show at St James Cafe.
Given the success of that night and the continued lockdowns in England he’s stayed in the islands and so another show, this time in St James’ main hall, was booked with support coming from Hollie Lucia and newer duo Lula & Gene.
The newer act started the night and were, certainly, something a little different to the other solo acoustic performers comprising, as they do, bass and guitar and a more indie rock outlook.
Nonetheless they seemed to hook most of the audience, seated ‘cabaret style’ at tables, and sounded bigger than ever doing so.
While drummer Brett Stewart is very much a known commodity and sounded as good as one would expect, and it was great to hear him have a little more room to try some different things, it was bass player and singer Maisie Bisson who particularly stood out showing how she has really grown as a confident front person in the band and as the set went on she became a truly engaging and captivating presence.