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Friday, June 15, 2012

Claire Kelly Quartet @ Hoochie Coochie. June 14


Claire Kelly (vcl); Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Susans (bs); Jeff Armstrong (dms).
What can I say? A good singer, three excellent musicians - the ingredients are all there - this should have been Hoochie Coochie Heaven!.
Seven Steps to Heaven? They maybe reached Step 5
I don't know but, for some reason the components didn't gel the way they did on Claire's last visit.
The girl sang well and looked good, Mark soloed impressively, Paul was rock solid and Jeff solid as a rock yet they didn't tick all the boxes and I don't know why.
Perhaps it was the mainly new and possibly unfamiliar material - there were obvious moments of uncertainty -but overall there wasn't the buzz about the two sets that there normally is with Claire.
Audience wise it was the vibrant blues numbers that drew the most applause and where it seemed most likely to happen but never quite did.
Lance.

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