For me this was probably the best gig I’ve seen this year and Judie’s voice was amazing and her vocals were faultless. By her own admission Judie get nervous on stage, talked very little and fears she’ll forget the words to her songs. She now has the words to hand, but never really looks at them and a glass of vodka (medicinal of course) she was so relaxed and happy to talk and introduce the songs. She was joined on stage by such a tight and young band as well as her two daughter Bailey and Talulah on backing vocal, and played for nearly two hours and the set list as I remember it.
enjoy the ride / under the angels / secret agent / faith / submarine boy / joan of arc / come hell or waters high / one minute / bring the rain / love me no more / i will / vivien / sukarita / stay with me till dawn / sportscar / encore for you / if (when you go) / The choices you’ve made
They were all stand out tracks and proves she can rock out with the best of them and break your heart with the ballads. Bring the Rain with its lengthy guitar break was great, the song I Will, which actually had its very first outing at The Stables a few years ago on a Bob Harris presents show and sung at the time as an acoustic ballad with the then very young Bailey, has now turned into a full on rock tune. Judie also took up the challenge from her fans who posted on Facebook that she should finish the evening off with Sportscar, from her second CD of the same name. They thought she wouldn’t do it but she did and she looked so happy singing it, close your eye and you are transported back to 1981 when it first came out and her voice was perfect. Undoubtedly there would be an encore and as can be normal a few people take this opportunity to leave and get out of the car park before the mad rush, well they should have had the patience to stay and listen to a true musical experience of Judie and her two daughters singing For You, acapella, who says you need an instrument when you get a great harmony like this, an amazing experience as the whole audience listened in silence. Then a brand new song, If (When you go) quickly followed, which if picked up by a mainstream artist would be an instant number one. I’m not one for finishing on a ballad preferring something more uplifting to make you go out in the night with music still ringing in you ears, so what better way to end off a great evening with the opening line “When will I see you again” from Choices you’ve made, on this performance I hope it’s not too long before Judie goes out on the road again, one of best singer song writers going.
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