Polly and the Billets Doux ended an evening of atmospheric and exciting music at the Norwich Art Centre on Saturday the 9th of April with a set of their blues, country, jazz folk blend. Playing alongside Norwich based Cake and Ale and Bristol acoustic artist Rachel Dadd, the evening was a great variety of very alternative lighthearted music, some for dancing and some for just sitting and enjoying.

Polly and the Billets Doux have been around for a while, playing their first unplugged gigs in 2006 around Winchester. Since then, the band has committed to a number of UK tours and festival appearances including Glastonbury, Loopallu and The Big Chill. They released their debut album Fiction, Half-truths & Downright Lies in 2009, which gained recognition from regional stations across the country, Terry Wogan's Radio 2 show and charted at 21 in the BBC 1 Indie Chart. In the last year the band has continued their relentless touring, and have had a feature written about them in The Times as well as a support slot with the Fun Loving criminals. The band is expected to be big news this summer and are to release a new limited edition EP in a few months.

Although the venue wasn't by any means full, it was nice to feel that you weren't crowded in and by 10pm when Polly and Billets Doux came on stage, the small yet appreciative audience was ready for an exciting set packed full of upbeat variety. The gig had an almost country festival atmosphere to it despite the overhanging darkness of the Church of the Norwich Art Centre.

Musically, the band's variety in genre is quite outstanding. I found it impossible to categorize the band in a single sound as they constantly switched and blended riffs and rhythms from blues, jazz, folk and country. While the set's tone was generally positive, some tracks were deceptively darker and this added to the sense of great variety that remain clear throughout the evening. With impressive bass and ambitious drums, the band blended well together, with the latter instruments providing a perfect base for the fantastic blues riffs of guitarist Andrew Steen.

Swapping instruments throughout, but without the usually debacle, the band added in harmonicas and bass guitar to the already varied set. It seemed all members of the band were singing with the same excitement of lead vocalist Polly Perry. She has had comparisons to Duffy and Imelda May and was simply amazing, singing with a sense of conviction and attitude, without losing the atmospheric tones of her jazz style.

One of the most surprisingly additions to the set was a short cover of "Pump Up The Jam', which seemed to come from nowhere, yet was greatly enjoyed by the audience. This added to the friendly and warm feeling the band created with their excellent banter and conversation. All members of the crowd were at the very least tapping their feet on the floor to every beat, while other seemed to really enjoy the dancey aspects of the band's sound. This is really music to make you move.

Playing all over this summer including Huntingdon's Secret Garden Party and the Cambridge Folk Festival, catch Polly and the Billets Doux for their interpretation of exciting Jazz, country and folk.