Country singer-songwriter Sarah Darling took our breath away with her show at London’s Union Chapel.
Marking Darling’s biggest ever UK headline show to date, and first UK show in three years, she really could not have picked a more beautiful venue to highlight the occasion. The North London Gothic Revival church offered a gorgeous backdrop to Sarah Darlings performance and left the entire crowd stunned.
You Don’t Have To Be Lonely Tonight, a track off Sarah Darling’s 2013 Home To Me EP, introduced the crowd to Darling’s set this evening, perfectly showcasing her vocals as the echo off the stone walls in the 200 year old church. “I’m in love with the acoustics of this room. This show is probably in my top five ever played.” She swoons at one point during the evening.
The powerful and stomping Tell That Devil takes a more rock-y approach and makes it very hard to sit still on these benches because all you want to do is get up and dance along. It’s a similar feeling with crowd-participation song More Issues Than Vogue which is all about the singer’s shoes and dress addiction she admits.
Throughout the evening Darling plays a whole bunch of new tracks as she’s working on a new record which is planned for release in September/October and what a treat it is! The new songs added in with songs from her recently released album Dream Country truly showcase her songwriting talent and incredible vocals, especially on Starry Eyes and Monmatre, which takes us all onto the little cobble-stone streets of Paris and into a beautiful love story.
There’s even a few covers on the set list tonight – a tricky subject in general. Covers can go one of two ways, however as a general rule of thumb if you cover a track from a genre different to your own it usually works quite well. And that is the case tonight as well. Whether it’s The Smiths’ Please Please Please, Let Me Get What I Want, an added interlude of Coldplay’s dreamy Yellow “Look at the stars, look how they shine for you” bridge, or a tribute to the late and great Tom Petty and his iconic Wildwood Flower.
And when the show is over, Sarah Darling has managed to warm our hearts on a cold winter night with her dreamy lyrics, soft tunes and endearing personality.