If it hadn’t had been for a fellow University of Huddersfield student, Wednesday’s Coffee House Session would have been non-existent. Thankfully, we have a budding artist here on campus, 19-year-old Toby Burton. Burton has successfully managed to find the perfect balance between his studies and pursuing his passion; having released a critically acclaimed EP back in 2014, we were lucky to catch Burton in action this week.
Despite the fact Burton is about to perform in front of his fellow university students, he shows no obvious nerves as he takes to the stage to save the day. We are immediately treated to the sweet sounds of his acoustic guitar, and vocals comparable to those of Lewis Watson’s. Burton’s music flows effortlessly through the SU, with easy-on-the-ear melodies complimenting the spring day outside. Despite the sunshine outside, Burton’s music draws in a great crowd that fills the SU completely, with hardly any empty seats in sight. Using the session as an opportunity to showcase his original songs, there is no denying the level of talent Burton possesses.
Towards the end of the set, Burton surprises us with a cover of well-known indie rock band, Catfish and the Bottlemen. Intrigued as to how Burton will incorporate the heavy sounds of CATB into his chilled out set, Burton’s version of ‘Twice’ is pleasantly surprising. Managing to bring down the tempo, swapping electric guitar and drums for an acoustic guitar, Burton brings a cover that the man himself, Van McCann, would applaud.
Ending the set with his own original song, ‘Stuck’, Burton leaves us only wanting more. It’s no surprise the song has received praise from the likes of BBC Radio DJ Christian Carlise, with captivating lyrics and acoustics to match, the song is the perfect ending to a great set. Thankfully, if you missed Burton this week, you have plenty of chances to catch him in Huddersfield in the coming months! You can keep up to date with his touring over on his
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