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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.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Juliet Kelly @ The Black Swan. September 11

Juliet Kelly (vocals), Nick Ramm (keyboards), Oli Hayhurst (double bass)& Eddie Hick (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
Juliet Kelly made an overdue Newcastle appearance with her Spellbound Stories show.   Ten songs inspired by novels (mainly twentieth century works) formed the basis of the two-set performance. Kelly’s band comprised top-flight musicians familiar to Tyneside audiences – Nick Ramm, Oli Hayhurst and Eddie Hick. The Black Swan venue in the basement of Newcastle Arts Centre was sparsely populated, but as Kelly was to discover, she was in the presence of a select, well-read audience!
Paolo Coelho, Toni Morrison, Audrey Niffenegger, Arundati Roy, Alice Walker – prize-winning authors all, copies of their works borrowed from local libraries or sitting on the bookshelves of  the Tyneside literati, Kelly was preaching to the converted. Nick Ramm worked as Kelly’s accompanist, scene-setter and improviser coaxing an array of sounds from his keyboards (variously acoustic, electric, Hammond and Old School BBC Stereophonic Workshop). The bass and drums partnership of Hayhurst and Hick guaranteed a swinging foundation and from time to time they stepped up to solo with aplomb.
Kelly’s response to Toni Morrison’s Beloved proved particularly effective (recalling Adelaide Hall’s wordless vocals to the 1927 landmark recording of Creole Love Call) in a sustained lower register delivery. The song cycle complete, the literati demanded Kelly returned to the stage. Emile Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (sans screeching) knocked spots off you know who.           
Russell.

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