Portstewart Songwriters’ Festival concluded on Sunday night with an intimate gig from Silhouette.
The Anchor Bar was the venue for the charismatic Shauna Tohill to showcase her talents with her band. The small bar quickly filled up as the band grabbed the crowd’s attention with slow rocker ‘Running Against The Wall’. Shauna’s voice shines on the catchy chorus and a driving bass line had heads nodding.
The funky ‘Volume Destroyed’ displayed the vocal harmonies the band is capable of with a perfect pop swagger. ‘Precious Time’ followed, a bluesy number with an epic outro that showed just how tight the band are.
The crowd settled down once the opening vocal harmonies of ‘Little Voices’ worked their magic with a sense of longing and desperation, but the room was immediately picked up with what the band called their wild card, ‘Rip Up My Heart’. A fun rocky number, it differs from the usual Silhouette style but it served its purpose as a great bit of fun to pick the crowd up with some chunky riff work from the band.
Shauna grabbed the spotlight with ‘Put The Silence on Hold’ and ‘Foxes’, which both served to show just how special her voice and song-writing talents are. The former is a great ballroom ballad off their debut EP and shined in the set. After getting the crowd laughing saying ‘Foxes’ came from a time when she genuinely considered running away and living with a pack of foxes, Shauna delivers some powerful vocals, full of introspection with an emotive chorus.
New song ‘Can You Feel It?’ showed the maturity in Shauna’s song-writing with some powerful lyrics and vocal work building up to an eye-widening breakdown in the bridge.
Naturally, the set finished with the famous ‘Can’t Keep Up’. Shauna joked that we were all probably sick of it by now, but that definitely wasn’t the case as the crowd joined in with the infectious intro and ended the night on a high.