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Gin Wigmore – Borderline, London, 11 March
I first became aware of Gin Wigmore when I heard her gravelly vocals in the background of a TV show – the Aussie soap Winners & Losers on ITV2.
It’s possibly the most uncool way to discover new music, but these days it’s also increasingly common as the likes of The Lumineers, Feist and Fun owe much of their success to their songs being used on TV or in adverts.
A quick internet search brought up Gin’s back catalogue and biography. She’s 26, originally from New Zealand and in Blighty to promote her second album, Gravel & Wine.
Gin’s voice fits well with her name – it’s raspy and gin-soaked, with a lot more depth than many of today’s poppets. It brings to mind Paloma Faith, so much so that many Brits may have heard Gin on the radio (or on an advert) and assumed it was Ms Faith.
As Gin’s live show seems a lot more spontaneous and fun than a gig from buttoned-up tee-total Paloma, that’s a shame.
Time for the gig, and Gin’s strength is the rockabilly-inspired tunes Black Sheep and Devil In Me (which wouldn’t be out of place on the Django Unchained soundtrack), the sexy Kill In The Night and Sweet Hell, a duet with her guitarist which owes a nod to Nick Cave.
Speaking of the band, the five-piece, immaculately dressed in cowboy chic, were having as much fun as Gin was. It might have been snowing outside the Borderline on the bitterly cold London evening but inside the Borderline, a Texas hoedown was in full swing.
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