Gig review: Hannah Trigwell at The Cockpit

Hannah Trigwell
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She has toured with Boyce Avenue several times; her music has been praised by the likes of Ed Sheeran, The Script and Johnny Reznick of the Goo Goo Dolls, so when Hannah Trigwell took to the stage at the Cockpit in her native Leeds, she seemed to be the only person present that was surprised at the sight of a packed house.

Three different support acts came and went, some better received than others by a chatty crowd, but when Trigwell, wearing in a short black dress, swept onto the stage at around 9pm, the room saved their noise-making for the wild applause that followed each song.

Hannah treated the audience to a selection of new songs, along with the odd cover thrown in for good measure. Although her voice sounded a little cracked in places between songs as she tried to hide her nerves by chatting to the audience, each number delivered by Trigwell was pitch-perfect and showcased her incredible ability as a singer.

Backed by her own band, perhaps the highlight of the evening was a tear-jerking rendition of Hallelujah, a song that seems to have become a staple of Trigwell’s live shows. Her self-confidence began to shine through when she stopped the band to re-start a new song because “It’s really good and you need to hear it done properly”.

After just over an hour, it was all over and the majority of the Trigwell faithfuls flocked to the merchandise stand to await her signing session. An audience made up of all ages certainly left feeling like their £8 ticket had bought them a long night of good music. Hannah had mentioned several times that her homecoming gig would be the most special one, and she certainly worked to make that so – even if the crowd had already surrendered to her talents before she hit the first chord.

Gig date: January 21

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