Anna Calvi @St.John in Hackney – 13/12/2014

SPOILER: il resto della review sará in inglese. If you are English do not care or otherwise use Google translate here if you are really keen to know what I’ve just said. Ah-Ah

December is a great time for a change. I may leave London in the future, it’s a weird feeling, such as the one I am having now: it’s 8pm, I am in Hackney Downs,  10 mins walk away from a special venue called St.John in Hackney.

Have you ever heard about St. John in Clerkenwell? The best restaurant in London at the heart of one of my favourite London neighbourhoods. It is supposedly the Italian neighborhood. You can easily guess it as you see one of the most famous shop on Clerkenwell Road: Terroni of Clerkenwell. They do a pretty good coffee here. (Disclaimer: I am not getting a penny for saying that).


The link between Italy and England doesn’t stop here as we are talking about Anna Calvi. Italian name, Italian descent, 100% English. As it is to arrange a gig in a Church – well…Rome excluded.

It is a special occasion for Anna, as you see the stage ready to guest 30 musicians – The Heritage Orchestra. They enter the room but it is when we could see the gentle, tiny, elegant silhouette of her that the crowd stands still, suddenly.

It’s about passion, determination and catharsis. Something that she can offer and reveal with no effort while she sings masterpieces such as Sing To Me, Desire, Rider to the Sea, Suzanne and I. But the presents she prepared for the crowd are more than this: Charlie Fink from Noah and The Whale comes in the room to sing along a Keren Ann piéce Strange Weather; then it’s the time for Patrick Wolf to join for A Kiss To Your Twin.

The set goes ahead with a couple of cover from Bruce Springsteen (Fire) and David Bowie (Lady Grinning Soul), both executed flawlessly. Anyway the best is yet to come. Eliza comes to finish off the show and it is a pleasure to the soul.

December is a great time for changing, a great time to leave and start again. Whatever you decide to do, just do it with passion. Just like Anna would.



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