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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Terri Shaltiel Band @ Hoochie Coochie - June 14

(Review by Nathan)

One of Newcastle's best kept secrets is the great live bands that appear at Hoochie Coochie. The club's owner (Warren) is a great connoisseur of soul music and he indulges himself by hiring some amazing bands that wouldn't otherwise come to Newcastle. Live bands that appear there are always worth checking out.

Terri Shaltiel, a singer/guitarist/songwriter from Leeds, has made a name for herself with an eclectic mix of soul, blues and reggae, across a series of concerts and festivals. It was great to hear her at Hoochie Coochie on Friday. From the first moment, we knew we were in for an incredible night - she absolutely "tore the hair off my head" with an amazing performance.
Daring singer, really reaching for notes, powerful emotional content - it was a high-energy performance. Unbelievably, Shaltiel was suffering from a sore throat, slurping honey 
between songs - from the sound, nobody would have guessed it. Tight rhythm section - drum and bass clearly had a close relationship - very agile, played some very sexy grooves.

The performance concentrated mainly on ensemble but they indulged in a few solos at the end of each set - the first set finished with a three chorus drum solo, which really expressed the energy of the entire performance. Excellent tenor sax.

Despite the fantastic music on stage incredibly, some of the audience didn't get it. It was a hugely enjoyable performance and very danceable music, but it didn't seem to meet their expectations which was their loss! 

After the gig, Warren confided about the difficulty attracting audiences to live gigs, a problem so many venues face, irrespective of the genre. 

Let's hope more music fans come along to Hoochie and don't feel put-off by their own expectations - good music can happen at night-clubs with a dance-floor. There is always so much to learn from good music, especially from innovators, outside the scene we know.
Nathan Allonby

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