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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sector 7: The Sage: Friday December 14.

Sarah Ellen Hughes, Fini Bearman, Billy Boothroyd, Paddy Clarke (vocals); George Moore (piano); Tim Thornton (bass); Chris Draper (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex).
Level 1 of Hall 2 was set out in cabaret style, which suited the mood for this gig of fine singing from Sector 7, who were promoting their EP, a bargain, priced only £5.  Soul, jazz, folk and gospel styles were all there, included in rich harmonies. The opening number, about superstar wannabes, featured the male singers with the women as backing singers and a piano solo, but each singer got a chance to lead in each of the other skilfully arranged songs. 
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child started off unaccompanied for variety, then came But Not For Me, with scat from Ms Hughes and a drum solo, loud and soft by turns, which kept listeners on their toes.  Next a surprise, beat-boxing from Billy (or Paddy?) sorry, I didn't pay enough attention as I was so intrigued by the array of aural sounds – Ed: It was Billy.  Christmas entered the scene with George Moore’s arrangement of I’ll Be Home For Christmas, a beautifully sad song (quote: ‘if only in my dreams’).  Chick Corea’s Spain had a slow easy start but soon became catchy.  The performance ended with a scatty (literally) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.  This had been a display of excellent singing and musicianship, and there was yet more to come from Ian Shaw and Barry Green in the second set.  A great night.
Ann Alex 

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