Laura James has taken a weekend out of her studies at LIPA, Liverpool's performing Arts academy, to play songs from her latest CD 'The Bed of the Brook'. Her music has certainly developed and matured since the release of her first recording 'Songs about the weather'. There is breadth and depth to the compositions which often utilise alternate tunings on her guitar. The clarity of her voice is astounding, drawing on influences such as Joni Mitchell and Regina Spektor. The simplicity of her playing is deliberate, allowing her haunting voice to lead the listener into her world of flowing rivers and crocodile tears. She is the perfect opening act and I'm sure we will be hearing more from her.