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Siren Songs: Jacqui Dankworth In Concert (Jacqui Dankworth)

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2023

A gracious, charismatic lady, Jacqui Dankworth walked quietly on stage to an understated accompaniment of piano percussion and bass harmonics by pianist Charlie Wood and bassist Mario Caribe and the audience were hers alone for the next 90 minutes. Wood’s arrangements were remarkable, particularly ‘Windmills Of Your Mind’ with sudden and intense flamenco palma artistry from the singer and pianist. ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ was sensitive and gentle and the anguished cry of ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ portrayed the other extreme of human relationships. ‘If You Go Away’ broke the heart but was mended by ‘The Way We Were’ by Marvin Hamlisch. The Fringe gives opportunities to hear great artists in intimate settings. This was one.

Stockbridge Church, 11-13 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]