A mere nine months after playing Sneaky Pete’s, Blossoms made a triumphant return to Edinburgh to play to a packed 800-capacity crowd at Potterrow.
This time they brought two support acts as warm-ups, with Inheaven, a grunge-influenced South London four-piece, being well received by an appreciative audience.
However, it was opening act Georgie who caught the eye.
The 21-year-old Mansfield-born singer-songwriter held the early audience with an impressive setlist showcasing an unique talent.
Songs such as Tomorrow Street and Life After Fear revealed a confident and sensitive songwriter who has found her voice and demands to be heard.
She keeps good company, too, covering the Janis Joplin classic One Night Stand in her own distinct style.
The set closed with a rousing rendition of debut single Company of Thieves – a slice of gritty, 21st Century soul wrapped in attitude straight from the opening line: “Did I come to your flat with a sign on my back saying screw me over?”
With the keenly-anticipated debut album due early next year, we are destined to hear a lot more from Georgie in 2017.
Pumped up by some early-90s Manchester music, the audience erupted when headliners Blossoms finally took the stage.
Stockport’s finest stormed into At Most A Kiss and, to the delight of the crowd, followed up with a couple of their early songs – Blow and Cut Me And I’ll Bleed.
This audience was out to enjoy itself with a band eager and ready to please.
Radio favourites Blown Rose and Getaway were mixed with the slower-paced Smashed Pianos.
Tom Ogden’s solo rendition of My Favourite Room morphed into a medley of You’re Gorgeous, Last Christmas and Half A World Away to rapturous applause.
A rousing encore of Texia, Polka Dot Bones and Deep Grass ended with Charlemagne and sent an exhausted audience home with Georgie on their minds and the sound of Blossoms ringing in their ears.
Words: Alan Hotchkiss