Review Scene: Meg Mac, Forum Theatre, Friday 8th September 2017

Photo by Victoria Papaioannou
Photo by Victoria Papaioannou

Singer-songwriter Meg Mac, one of Melbourne’s newest homegrown talents, performed a stunning set at the city’s esteemed Forum Theatre on Friday night. Meg’s sellout shows in Melbourne mark just the beginning of her highly anticipated Low Blows tour; sponsored by Triple J and supported by Sydney duo Georgia Fair and Perth’s uber-talented pop indie band The Money War.

The impressive 25 show national tour has kicked off only a few short months after the 27-year-old soulful songstress released her debut album Low Blows earlier this year. After seeing her perform live, it is safe to say she is a powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with in the music scene. Meg Mac is a true artist with presence, finesse and a voice that has already cemented her position here in Australia and in the US.

 

Photo by Victoria Papaioannou

Undoubtedly, Low Blows is an album that was made to be played in front of an audience. Walking on stage in what seems to be her signature look – a wide-brimmed fedora and black cape – Meg started the show with Turning, a tune from her 2014 EP, followed by what is arguably one of the best tracks on her album, Grace Gold; a song Meg wrote about an imaginary role model who possesses the qualities of strength and kindness. Grace Gold and Low Blows (the title track of the album), are just two of many which epitomize her heart-felt, introspective and earnest songwriting that is fresh and unique.

In a performance that was part bluesy, part soul, Meg’s confident stage presence, accompanied with impeccable vocals and technical skill, was particularly impressive for someone who has just embarked on her musical career.

Photo by Victoria Papaioannou

The crowded Forum Theatre was full of enthused Melbourne fans, clearly captivated by her unique voice and captivating storytelling. Midway through the set list, an enthralling solo performance of Saint Philomene showcased her skills on the piano as well as her ingenious use of the looper pedal, in what was a highly memorable part of the night. Other standout numbers included the crowd pleasers: Maybe It’s My First Time, Ride It and Cages (which she was happy to admit her fans have dubbed ‘The October Song’).

Meg is taking her Low Blows tour all over Australia throughout September and October, including shows in regional towns. This weekend she will be hitting Launceston (15th September) and Hobart (16th September) before heading to Sydney, Perth and ending the tour in Cairns on October 14th.

Photo by Victoria Papaioannou

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