|Irma Thomas / Soul Rebels Brass Band - Barbican London - 24 July|
On the weekend that we lost a magnificent musical voice, it was reassuring, nay, reaffirming to see Irma Thomas performing in
Delighted to be on stage, with a wicked sense of humour and more than happy to take requests, however obscure, she sang what she “could remember” and she could remember a lot! On occasion she just sang the vocal as the band didn’t even know the song, something a few artist would not go near attempting.
Dubbed the ‘Soul Queen of New Orleans’ her heart obviously belongs to that city and the most stunning moment of the night came with a vocal and keyboard cover of Stevie Won
‘Time is on My Si
That same audience had been warmed up quite nicely by
The Barbican surroundings may really have been a bit formal for the band but give them their dues, they did get an ‘early doors’ audience up onto their feet by the end of the set.
The sound they make is a collision of genres based around the traditions of a
The concert was part of the Barbican’s Blaze series in which we saw Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings a few weeks back. The series should be given a major pat on the back for a job well done in bringing such an eclectic series of concerts together in
Prior to the gig, a band called Feufollet were tearing up the free stage with a mix of Americana Cajun-induced Rock n’ Roll. They are at WOMAD and