Last year was as much a good year for support-act discovery as it was for fantastic live music in general. Alessi’s Ark, The Joy Formidable, Sam Amidon – all unexpected, all intentially re-visited live.

First seen at The Lexington supporting Pete & the Pirates, Lucy Rose is an unsigned singer-songwriter from London who’s been doing the rounds in the small-but-celebrated gig venues (The Lexington, Old Queen’s Head, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen and, coming up The Luminaire, The Lock Tavern and Upstairs @ Ronnie Scott’s).

She has that Kate Nash London pronunciation but with a softness and an emotional crack to the tone that evokes a genuine connection as opposed to disconnected appreciation.

There’s no description up on her Last.fm page at the moment and no downloadabe or streamable mp3s that I could find in the public domain (other than the MySpace), but I’d highly recommend catching her live, especially with the band behind her.

My favourite so far is the live demo of Don‘t You Worry – for some reason it really feels like an Emily-Katie Fitch moment…

Again, no picture as no album cover.