Gig Review: Discover the Soulful Pop Magic of Caitlin Pinkess

Words and photos by: Lucy Williamson

Live at Fives is a new series of shows hosted by Fives Cyder House in Falmouth, Cornwall. Caitlin Pinkess and her band members, Lucia on the bass, and Max on the drums took to the stage on Thursday night, and my word, did they put together a glistening performance.

Now, you may have seen Caitlin around the Falmouth music scene before. She played a solo set at our first-ever in-person Whisper Live at Small Ships in May last year and has since been gigging at music venues across the town and beyond.

Caitlin’s music has a potent blend of soul and pop in a way that’s so fresh it will leave you wanting more. Her songwriting is honest, emotive and lyrical, and you can hear influences of Carole King with a glimmer of Corinne Bailey Rae in her sound.

At the gig, the whole band has awe-inspiring musicianship. Each member was fully engrossed in each song and engaged with the audience throughout the set. Let’s say there were a lot of beaming smiles all around.

The drummer and bassist provided a solid foundation for each song, with Caitlin’s voice and guitar completing that extra layer of soulful and emotive-sounding goodness.

Halfway through the set, Caitlin and the band threw in a cover of Gnarls Barley’s famous hit, Crazy. This rendition particularly stood out to me. The crowd was belting out every word and was truly embracing the moment.

Caitlin, Lucia and Max delivered an exceptional, fun-loving performance at Fives that got the crowd dancing and singing along throughout the set and I’m super excited to see more from them (and get to see Harry on the keys) in the future.

If you’re in Falmouth anytime soon, I would highly recommend checking out Caitlin Pinkess live because I, for one, am super excited to see where the next year takes her and her band.

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