The Finsbury pub and music venue has been quietly getting on with hosting music practically every night for many years and it’s surprising how many local(ish) people just don’t know about its existence. I became a convert after The Bedroom Hour played there and that was back in 2014. Apart from the music there’s a spacious open terrace out at the front which, for the gig below on a rare summery eve, felt almost Mediterranean.
On Friday we saw three fine artists – Percy Rico, Luxury Goods and Natsuma (top). Percy Rico opened – front man Gabe has also played with several different artists, quite recently with rising country star Simeon Hammond Dallas, at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Tonight he was with his own band and he played a cool set of his own jazz-influenced material.
Luxury Goods are from Sheffield; this is their second London gig and second time at The Finsbury. They have a number of catchy tunes under their belt, and Leonie’s vocals are powerful, delivering their alt-pop set with panache. There’s a memorable song about periods.
Natsuma’s nu-soul set reminds me of Greentea Peng; a voice of superb range and emotional connection. Her bass player is hypnotic too. It was altogether an extremely tight and professional set.