It’s the quiet ones you have to watch

Stop, look and listen. Not just good road safety advice but also the key to gauging the effectiveness of a support act.

The Pop Cop first came across KATE WALSH when she opened for Stephen Fretwell at Glasgow’s Oran Mor in May. It was one of those defining moments – a performer no one had heard of nor come to see grips the entire audience in the kind of revered silence that puts an end to conversation and trips to the bar.

Of course, getting your attention is one thing. Keeping it is harder still. Anyone can bat their eyelashes, sing in hushed tones and gently strum their guitar.

But what made Ms Walsh enchanting was the acute sense of her vulnerability that came through in tales of casual sex in a town with a population of 7,500 (Burnham-on-Crouch if you’re looking for some action), in stark contract to her butter-wouldn’t-melt demeanour on-stage.

Encouragingly, the 24-year-old’s growing popularity has been achieved through word-of-mouth and internet buzz without the artificial hype of chequebook marketing. Now though, it’s time for everyone else to catch on and her album Tim’s House will be in four-walled stores for the first time later this month. In the meantime, here’s Your Song – the best thing on it. Shhhh.

Kate Walsh – Your Song

September 14, Queens Halls, Edinburgh (supporting Richard Hawley)
September 16, City Halls, Glasgow (supporting Richard Hawley)
October 25, ABC2, Glasgow

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