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Today Saturday January 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Early Bird Band - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 11:00am.

Evening

Adrian Cox Quartet - Watchtower Gallery, West End, Berwick TD15 2HE. 8:00pm. £10.00. Cox touring new CD ‘Now is Spring’.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Ray Stubbs R & B All-Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Friday, July 05, 2013

Shafafa Trio at The Star Inn, Wednesday July 3

 Belinda Voshtina (vocals); Ian Simpson (guitar); James Robson (bass guitar)
(Review by Ann Alex).
The three of them sat together, Belinda between the guitarists, giving a relaxed and intimate feel to a very enjoyable set, mostly of standards, sung in Belinda’s strong, rich voice, with adventurous, skilled instrumentation, and solos, mostly from Ian, James' powerful bass made up for the absence of drums. 
I suppose they just had to start with their namesake song, Frim Fram Sauce, which mentions the ‘shafafa’ on the side.  What is it, you ask?  Apparently no-one is sure, answers on a postcard please. Tesco didn’t even have Frim Fram Sauce on the shelf which meant I had to make do with ketchup.
We were treated to Lullaby Of Birdland; Comes Love; Agua De Beber (sung in Portuguese, very impressive, with lovely vocal harmonies from the guitarists; Dancing In The Moonlight (tricky guitar work); Choo Choo Ch’boogie (done well as a slow blues); a heartfelt version of Eric Clapton’s Leila.  The set was effectively rounded off with a song about going round in circles, (original perhaps?), again with the delightful vocal harmonies.
Sorry, I've missed mentioning 1 or 2 numbers, including a Miles Davis instrumental, through having to go to the bar, I wish I was a camel, they can store drinks for days, I'm told.
The Jam
The trio continued a bit longer with Belinda and the lads doing more singing, including a vocal by Ian, Sunny, with tricky guitar chops, then horns and a flute appeared on stage, in the shape of Al Saxon (alto sax, flute) and Arthur Higgins (tenor sax).  The Thrill Is Gone sang Belinda, but it certainly hadn’t with these two musicians doing their stuff, great playing, (I hope Al takes the flute to folk clubs as well, to knock off Irish jigs and reels, should be no problem).  Then came Belinda with Moondance, to be followed by requests for Lindsay Hannon to complete the Jam, which she did admirably with Willow Weep For Me and her fast version of Secret Love.  And no, I haven’t forgotten the welcome addition to the stage of Mark Williams on guitar, who plays as if he had more than the normal allowance of fingers.
The audience was calling out for more – need I say more than that?  
Ann Alex

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