Laura Kindelan at The Basement

Local singer-songwriter Laura Kindelan took to the stage at The Basement on Saturday for the launch of her second EP, an impressive feat for someone currently undertaking her GCSEs. Supporting her were York based singer-songwriter Kitty VR and Harley Daniels and Joey Leyland from local rock band Blind Eye.

By Jane Howkins


Kitty was first to play, performing a series of acoustic songs by herself before being joined by friend Tim Downie (one half of the band According to Eve). Whilst Kitty’s music lent itself to the acoustic folk movement, welcome covers such as System of a Down’s Toxicity and Disturbed’s Down with The Sickness were greeted well and showed off a different range of influences, as well as being interesting interpretations of the original songs. Kitty’s own material was stimulating too, with Diamonds being a particular stand out song.

Next up it was time for Harley Daniels and Joey Leyland of Blind Eye to take the stage for a rare acoustic performance. Despite the unplugged nature of the show, they still managed to get the crowd going, and as anyone who has seen Blind Eye live before can testify, they’re certainly a very energetic lot. They played a few of their own songs including some from their upcoming new E.P., as well as a number of covers, including Come Together by The Beatles and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2, on which they were joined again by bassist Tim.

Headliner Laura Kindelan was up next, promoting her first EP to an almost sold out crowd. Laura is only sixteen, but has already managed to make a big impression on the York gigging circuit, so it was no surprise to see so many people there or that her EP sold so well. She had a great stage presence and there was a lot of interaction and laughter with the audience (some of whom seemed to be supportive school friends), as well as a fantastic singing voice. Laura’s vocals and singing style was not unlike that of American singer-songwriter Dar Williams at times, with a folky lilt to it all that worked very well.

As well as some songs from her E.P. such as I’ve Been Thinking, Laura also played a number of covers from a wide variety of genres that went down a treat, with favourites including a cover of Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me A River and the Arctic Monkey’s Fluorescent Adolescent at the end, featuring Tim and the other acts on stage with her.


Kitty VR, Harley Daniels, Joey Leyland and Laura Kindelan played at The Basement on Saturday 30 January 2016