REVIEW: See Emily Play, Library Theatre, Sheffield

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The prodigious talent of Emily Ireland headlines the civilised surroundings of the Library Theatre tonight. Via her music persona, See Emily Play she is launching her debut ep Four Feet From The Door, released via the Tiny Teeth label, owned by ex Little Man Tate’s Jon Windle and his cohort Andy New.

Emily has been a shining light of the Sheffield music scene for several years, even though still in her late teens. Her live band comprises younger sibling Tom, who plays guitar and keys, plus an excellent rhythm section in drummer Michael Breeze, formerly of Elephant Keys, and Cut Your Wings bass man Nick Wainwright.

Before tasting the wares of Ms Ireland the audience is treated to a new venture by Matt and Alice from Dead Like Harry, joined tonight by Sam also from DLH on backing guitar. Winter Sky is the pick of their interesting project.

Main support Feelix are top notch, with Matt producing some sonic masterpieces on which Kat delivers some wonderfully emotive vocals, especially on Look At Me, co-written with Phillipa Hanna.

A near full house waits in anticipation to See Emily Play, and as the lady herself enters looking spectacular in a black figure-hugging dress the applause is deafening. She goes straight into the piano intro of A Loner Like Me with delicate vocals before being joined by her band and showing her excellent vocal range and strength as her voice rises above the accompaniment.

EP title track Four Feet From The Door is nearly a showstopper before Emily’s solo rendition of The Train stirs the audience’s emotions.

A well deserved solo encore ends a memorable night, but it’s undoubtedly the first of many for See Emily Play.