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London Acoustic Guitar Show 2012: Sandi Thom

The London Acoustic Guitar Show 2012, in association with Acoustic Magazine, gave guitar enthusiasts and fans and the chance to come together to celebrate the sheer brilliancy of the acoustic guitar. This two-day event, running from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd September 2012, was a tremendous success and truly memorable weekend.

The event, at Olympia Conference Centre, gave visitors a fantastic weekend or day out. Acoustic brand exhibitors displayed the highest-quality guitars and accessories of today. Visitors could choose their own schedule; whether that was attending a masterclass, sitting in the acoustic cafe area and enjoying a relaxing performance or visiting the main stage and listening to their favourite musicians. The main stage could hold a capacity of 450 visitors. This meant each performance was intimate and unique, a rarity in comparison to other music events.

One of the main headliners of the event, Sandi Thom, really stole the show. Her performance on Sunday was energetic, enigmatic and captivating. Raw emotion and soul was definitely felt with her cover of ‘The Big Ones Get Away’. It was truly breathtaking, to witness the 31-year olds ability to sing each note with such determination and strength. Long gone are the days of ‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker’. Thom has grown from strength to strength.

She treated the audience to an insight into the roots of her musical career and childhood. As a young girl she loved Guns N’ Roses and her cover of ‘November Rain’ was something to be admired.

Her latest single, ‘Love You Like a Lunatic’, from the new album Flesh and Blood, was a self-reflective piece, beautifully sung and mesmerising, which we can all relate to. Flesh and Blood was recorded at Nashville’s renowned, 16 Tons studio, with Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson (production). If this doesn’t scream phenomenal music, expertly produced, what does?

Overall Sandi Thom’s performance showcased her outstanding talent and versatility as both a singer, songwriter and guitar player. Her fantastic new album is out now on iTunes, which I highly recommend! Follow Sandi Thom (@Sandi_Thom) or visit her website.

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