It was pleasantly surprising to find a venue in the heart of Oxford Circus which was a refuge cut off from the unrelenting sirens and sensory-overload of the outside world. In the cosy confines of The Social we found Sonny, a nineteen year old singer-songwriter who is already set to release his third EP ‘Beech Road’ later this year.
The second pleasant surprise was how full the venue was for a Monday night. The intimate venue resembled a friendly gathering rather than a bunch of strangers shuffling awkwardly about between sets before Sonny took to the stage with that relaxed joviality which most Northerners seem to naturally posses. Although the multi-instrumentalist was armed with just his vocal chords and guitar, it highlighted the depth of his raw songwriting which resulted in hushed, intrigued faces turned towards him at all times.
We didn’t know who Hannah Grace was before Sonny spontaneously invited her up on to stage but we do know now that her powerful, high-reaching vocals contrast beautifully with Sonny’s. As we’re now fans we hope the talent will be combined again soon.
Perhaps now Mondays will be my new Fridays in discovering new music as the atmosphere of a friendly get-together deems discoveries such as Sonny all the more exciting – although he has set the bar quite high for any future early-week outings.