Who: Daughters of Davis
Where: Ravenscourt Arts, Ravenscourt Road, Hammersmith, London
When: October 3rd, 2015.
The season at Ravenscourt Arts ended at the beginning of the summer with an outstanding concert of acoustic music from Judie Tzuke which played to a sold-out venue. The show tonight had one of those things in common. This was truly a night of great acoustic music even if there were a number of vacant seats around. No accounting for that – last time Daughters of Davis played here, they played to a very healthy audience indeed so let’s concentrate on the music.
The Daughters of Davis have two albums under their belt, extended touring and support slots with the Eels, Rebecca Ferguson and a slightly mismatched venture with X-Factor winner, Sam Bailey. They are on the verge of recording their third album and tonight leaned heavily on material from that forthcoming project “#Not Playing The Game”.
The new material sounds great but that doesn’t mean that material from the first two sets was overlooked. Highlights included “Take My Soul” and “Inglorious” from the 1st record “To the Water”, and “Footprints”, “The River” and “Amazing Grace” from the appropriately named second album, “British Soul”.
There were also covers of Ray Charles and Michael Jackson material but this is to miss the point, the thing that sets Daughters of Davis ahead of acts like the aforementioned Ms Bailey is that here blossoming songwriting ability meets great vocals and harmonies, not to mention Adrienne’s guitar and Fern’s percussion. They have a considerable hand of cards before them when they come to the table and it is difficult for them not to win — and certainly this audience was quickly convinced and stayed along for the whole ride.