Ruby Sings at Ronnie Scotts

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It goes without saying that the up and coming line up at Ruby Sings never fails and last night was no exception. With endearing performances from Cherry and Laura Cortez and a hauntingly beautiful set with a little Irish twang from Eve and I the evening was off to a very promising start.

The beautifully fierce Mango And Lashes gave an immaculately concise performance to say the least. There is no hiding that the powerful ladies are true pioneers of the ‘real woman’ and ‘Mum’s the word’ rightful mentality. Their songs are full of childhood driven attitude and an almost Lily Allen style humour and sarcasm that makes you yearn for more of what they have to say.

Now, the main reason why I mustered up the courage to shed my unemployed state of pyjamas and crusty lap residing snacks for the evening and challenge the relentless rain was in fact to witness the talented J Appiah launch his new e.p Travelight. Since releasing his first e.p that boasted the sing-along crowd pleaser ‘I ain’t rich yet’ Appiah has certainly been putting in the hard work and my has it paid off. With murmurs of MTV looking to start playing his song Rabbit Hole I wouldn’t be surprised if he begins to cast a sturdy footprint in the UK R’n’B and even Pop scene. Appiah’s soulful passion for his music is axiomatic; he is clear whilst maintaining a nice raspy edge, charismatic and his little rapping debut wasn’t half bad either. Hats off to his flawless band too, they definitely deserve a round of drinks.

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