The Hoxton Sq Bar & Kitchen played host to singer-songwriter Robbie Boyd last night, and it was a treat for fans and new listeners alike.
Boyd has previously played other sold-out London shows at The Borderline, The Barfly and Bush Hall, but there was something about the intimacy of this small capacity venue that lent itself to Boyd’s folky sound.
Making a low-key entrance and opening with I Won’t Let You Go, Boyd eased his audience into the gig with his slow and heartfelt vocals, which brought to mind Mumford and Sons.
Less Than Friends continued the easy listening and therapeutic mood of the gig and had people waving their hands, enjoying the tranquil tone of the track.
Boyd’s new single, Brave, was supposed to be released in early December but the singer explained that he “hadn’t got round to it” and promised that it would be released soon. With its positive and feel-good lyrics, the song received a great response from the audience.
The highlight of the gig, however, was the uplifting Spring Generation, which sounded like early Frank Turner material.
Watching Boyd’s passion for his music and warmness towards the audience, it’s not difficult to see why he’s garnered a loyal yet low-key following.
With next year’s festival season to look forward to, we expect to hear much more from Robbie Boyd as we head into 2015.