Gig Review: Hayley McKay at The Witham, Barnard Castle - 25/03/17

Written By: Steph Clayton

The Gig: Hayley McKay

Venue: The Witham, Barnard Castle

Tonight, Hayley McKay and her live band performed at The Witham in Barnard Castle to what was not far shy of a full house – proving just how popular she is at the moment.

The singer-songwriter from Darlington played an hour-long intimate show featuring a mix of both her own original songs and covers she’s made her own.

Hayley opened up the set with an original song of hers in, ’You Make Me Feel’ which got the audience to respond in a toe tapping manner along with the catchy rhythm – it was a good choice to open with. She also played her newest song ‘Unspoken’ which she released on 9th December last year along with a music video, and it was Track of the Week on BBC Radio Tees’ Introducing show within no time.

Hayley is accompanied tonight by her live band including Ed Gill whom is usually the bass player but takes on the role as fiddle player in the original song, ‘Please Press Delete’ which really brought texture to the set. Although Hayley had a full band with her she did play some songs solo with just her guitar to accompany her vocals, and one song she covered was Eva Cassidy’s ‘Songbird’ – her version was absolutely flawless, with her voice really drawing me in. Her cover of Dolly Parton’s, ‘Jolene’ was equally as good and was the icing on the cake prior to the encore.

The 25 year old talented musician is currently working on a new single and has not long been home since recording at London’s world famous Abbey Road Studios.

Hayley is a pop/country artist to look for and she has some local gigs already lined up for later this year including The Gala Theatre in Durham on Saturday 13th May and Hardwick Live Festival on the 18/19th August alongside Madness and Ocean Colour Scene, to name a few.]

Photography by Steph Clayton.