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Saturday 29 August 2015

Not So Young, But Still Gifted

I went to a fantastic show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire last night. The headliner was Marcia Griffiths, who is celebrating 50 years of making music. She had brought a few friends along with her, and a mighty line-up it was too. When the wonderful Judy Mowatt is only fourth on the bill, you know you are in for a great night.

We were a little late in arriving so unfortunately missed most of Tanya Stephens's set. But here is one track each from all the others of the bill, in the order in which they appeared.

"Down In The Valley" - Judy Mowatt

"Fire Burning" - Bob Andy

"Honey In Dem Face" - Richie Spice

"Dreamland" - Marcia Griffiths

There were too many highlights to mention them all, but the two I am going to single out - as an excuse to play the videos - are when Bob joined Marcia for a rousing rendition of their biggest hit, and when Marcia led a ramshackle attempt at the electric slide featuring a number of audience members who appeared to lack both a sense of rhythm and a sense of direction. Which made it even more fun.

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