Live : Sera17.12.2016 : RCA, Conwy
Alone on a barely lit stage framed by fairy lights to mark the season Sera alternated between keyboard (the chosen instrument of her early career) and acoustic guitar to deliver a truly spellbinding set.
Stripped to their essence by solo performance her songs shone - full of emotion and magic; with all the dynamic range and craft you'd expect from Caernarfon's subtly compelling answer to Natalie Merchant.
Opening with Through the Wild, the first track of her recent and much lauded album, Little Girl, in forty-five minutes Sera sketched out the unequivocal, unanswerable case for the radiance of her work. Little Girl definitely benefited from collaboration with musician and producer Eddie Al-Shakarchi, but there is could be no doubt after hearing the songs live that the album was built on something absolutely authentic.
Here the soaring Welsh language song Mond am Eiliad was fully realised, mournful and elegiac; Lifeboat honestly yearning, Optimist uplifting - she masterfully condensed her back catalogue into long moments of stilled time, closing with a warm and honeyed version of the Sinatra standard Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
Intelligent, emotive songs beautifully rendered - in 2016's dying days one of the most vital gigs of the year was delivered by North Wales' most insanely guarded musical secret; as an event a Christmas gift fit for any human heart.
Take any chance to see her live - it just should not to be missed.