Matt Henshaw Recommends … Emily Carr

When you walk into a pub, order a pot of tea and take a seat, place you Wednesday scarf and coat on the back of your chair, take a sip and watch some open mic acts you’re not usually expected to be overly impressed, but in Leicester, where there’s seemingly an open mic night every night of the week you might just be surprised from time to time.

I went down a Wednesday night show just south of the city centre hosted by The Simpletones and was knocked out by the talent. I’ve seen Matt Zara, Kate Rendell and Becky Edwards down at the Cradock open mic nights from Little & Large, and loads more acts that I’m sure I’ll share with you another time, but this time around I’d like to shine a light on Emily Carr …

Emily was seemingly shy, although everything about her makes you want to shout and point and exclaim how great she is. Carrying the weight of the 2010s, as all teenagers do in the decade they leave school, Miss Carr is strikingly visual and has a voice that nabs your attention puts it in a box and let’s it float upstream.

I like guitars, I love Emily’s guitars, maybe it’s because they’re blue and white, maybe it’s because they’re exceptional pieces of wood, or maybe it’s because she plays them wonderfully, either way it warms the cockles of my heart, and I’m sure the way she sings and plays will cheer you too.

Catch her live, catch her in the flesh and don’t be disappointed, but for now, here’s some guitar porn …

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