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Gwenno, Pumarosa and Pixx prove to be a perfect combination at Shakespeare’s Globe

02 August 2016, 14:30 | Written by Ed Nash

The Wonder Women season continued tonight (1st August) in the incredibly beautiful surrounds of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at London’s Globe Theatre. With the stage, lit by candles, taking up the floor, it was an intimate evening in the company of three outstanding artistic talents.

The series was described by curator Lauren Laverne as featuring “some of the most compelling women making music today” and tonight Pixx, Pumarosa and Gwenno all delivered beautiful and compelling performances in this small, but wonderfully intimate candlelight space.

First up was Pixx, who’s having an incredible few days (last week Shura remixed her single "Baboo", taking it to even spacier places than the original). Her songs possess a timelessness and relatability - “The Girls” is a standout - and commercial pop chops too, closer “Big Cloud to Float Upon” sounds like a hit in the making that all points to a golden 2017, when she releases her forthcoming debut album on 4AD.

Pumarosa, who we tipped as One to Watch for 2016, played a short set that justifies the hype, taking the intensity of dance music into a setting of guitars, keyboards and saxophone. Singer and guitarist Isabel Munoz-Newsom, clad in a silver evening gown, is a force of nature, ably supported by the men in the band, honorary Wonder Women all. As a collective they play an irresistible mix of rock and funk, the closing “Priestess" being a lesson in immersion and joy.

Headliner Gwenno is joined by Ben Trigg and Rhys Edwards on cello and bass duties respectively, and it feels like the perfect way to celebrate last year’s lovely Y Dydd Olaf. The stripped down, intimate feel suits her technicolor songs, and the set is sung in Welsh with the exception of the closing “Amser”, which is written in Cornish, Her performance is all that you’d hope it would be, raging with political conviction and humour.

Tonight the Wonder Woman project was simply about brilliant music made by fantastic musicians, performers and songwriters. Music this good should be played here every night of the week.

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