PREVIEW: Louise Petit + Rhiannon Mair @ Ort Café, Sat 1st March

Ort-logoOn the 1st of March (or this Saturday to its friends) Ort Café in Balsall Heath welcomes back two familiar faces – Louise Petit, with support from Rhiannon Mair.

Both singer/songwriters have worked hard across the UK’s gig circuit, honing their strong delivery and confident presence on a variety of stages. Ort Café is an estate agent’s ‘intimate’ venue, with little room between the front row and the artist; March 1st will be an opportunity to see two solid performers very up close and personal. And be warned, you’ll probably have to sing.

Lousie Petit @ Ort Cafe, 10th Aug '13

Birmingham Review first saw Louise Petit on 10th August last year. Having been uncertain what to expect, and a little wary after watching Petit’s absurdly sweet Christmas Time With You, the show was a extremely pleasant surprise.

Backed up by double bass and percussion, allowing a beautiful modern Jazz sound to surface, Louise Petit delivered a confident set of freshly original material – crossing Folk with Pop melodies, underpinned with Americana and Jazz. It’s was a memorable gig, one that felt comfortable and certain in the small confines of Ort. The only downside was again due to popularity; by the time Petit started it was standing room only.

Rhiannon Mair was a surprise attack support for Daisy Chapman, whom Birmingham Review saw (again at Ort) on 23rd September last year. Playing to a restless room and an overwhelmingly loud packet of crisps, Mair owned the venue as soon as she stood up and spoke. Then she started to play and sing; engaging, melodic, confident – everything you want a solo artist to be.

Rhiannon Mair @ Ort Cafe, 23rd Sept '13Rhiannon Mair had released her debut album, It Goes Like This, about 6 months before and had been steadily touring it across the UK; Ort Cafe was one of the last gigs before Mair returned home.

A melody driven recording, with the occasional Pop production undertone, It Goes Like This is a bolshie debut – but it was on stage that Rhiannon Mair really grabbed the proverbial. And getting another chance to hear it from only metres away is not a bad way to spend a Saturday.

Rhiannon Mair #2 @ Ort Cafe, 23rd Sept '13

Both Louise Petit and Rhiannon Mair would be worth a ticket to themselves, but for £5 you get to see both of them on one night – at Ort Café on Sat 1st March. Ed King will be there for a Birmingham Review.

For more gig information, and further listings at Ort Café, visit

For more on Louise Petit, visit

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