Tiece at The Jago, London photos

Tiece per­form­ing at The Jago, Lon­don, on August 21, 2021.

There was more than a lit­tle mag­ic to see­ing Tiece per­form­ing at The Jago, Dal­ston, this August. After releas­ing her debut album, the Oxford-based singer and self-taught pro­duc­er had been busi­ness­ing her­self with t‑shirt print­ing and oth­er pur­suits as lock­down slow­ly dragged on in the first half of 2021. But now that UK venues are reopen­ing, she’s wast­ed no time in hit­ting the road to enchant audi­ences with her trip­py soul.

When she took to the stage at The Jago, it took a moment for things to set­tle. Laugh­ing off the tech­ni­cal hic­cups, Tiece soon took con­trol and trans­port­ed the audi­ence from the dark, cramped space to her world of “strange meta­mor­pho­sis”. Singing over her mourn­ful, melan­choly back­ing tracks, she twist­ed and twirled her arms as if cast­ing incantations.

With the audi­ence suit­ably loos­ened up, she was then joined by a band – four musi­cians she’d only prac­ticed with ear­li­er that day – to per­form live ver­sions of her songs. As the band struck up their instru­ments, set­tling into a light groove, Tiece began scat singing, and things real­ly got enchant­i­ng. Togeth­er, they dove into the wavy rhythm of ‘Lucid’. Tiece let go with fierce ener­gy, singing “imag­i­na­tion run­ning riot in my head / should I cut it out one of these days”.

This enchant­ment con­tin­ued on as Tiece and the band per­formed ‘2 Sug­ars’ and the spicy ‘Tricky Busi­ness’. She closed the show with ‘Nowhere, Now Here’, spelling out her stage name and thank­ing her fel­low musi­cians, as they impro­vised a glo­ri­ous finale that had the small audi­ence whoop­ing in gid­dy delight. Tiece and com­pa­ny cre­at­ed a spooky, won­der­ful mag­ic on stage that night. Spectacular.

Tiece’s The Lit­tlest Tour con­tin­ues through the autumn. See Tiece’s web­site for tick­ets.

Words and pho­tos by Aaron Lee

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