ED2011 2/5 Reviews ED2011 Music Reviews

Shades Of Blue (Kerry Hodgkin and Ladyblue Music)

By | Published on Friday 12 August 2011

Fingers tap in rhythm, not to music but to ticking watches. Booze-filled glasses are downed and refilled as Kerry Hodgkin’s soul-seeking voice puffs around the room. In spite of her rosy personality, her performance takes time to diffuse the frosty atmosphere. From a barstool, she croons about lost love; her voice sometimes flakes but always holds itself strong. Her duet partner of just one day, Malcolm MacFarlane, is a technically gifted guitarist, yet his staccato playing is emotionally defunct. Not once in their Sting cover did I feel the guitar weep. In time, I am sure this show will reach great heights, but for now, the performance is too blue and weary for this to pass the acid test.

The Jazz Bar, 5 – 14 Aug (not 8, 9, 10), times vary, £5.00 – £7.00, fpp219.
tw rating 2/5