Joanne Shaw Taylor at The Citadel in St. Helens, July 2015. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.
Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *
There have been many spectacular women who have dominated the music arena to the point where their sheer persona and drive is enough to set a million hearts racing and the acknowledgement that they are truly the very finest in their field. From the likes of Judy Garland, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Nancy Wilson, Tori Amos and Kate Bush, the world has been graced with the sublime and the outstanding, historic in their approach and what their music has meant to millions of fans world-wide; they are lauded for a reason, they are to be seen as perfection personified.
Throughout the travels and tribulations sometimes endured in the wonderfully never ending search of new music in which to spend time with, the support act is perhaps one that never gets the true recognition for the achievements or ability. It is a shame for before the sweat and beauty of the act you may have gone to see, for many the allure of the bar or the extra 20 minutes at home is a greater pull than ever traversing the unknown or unexplored.
Regal Entertainments are proud to announce the casting of Laura Gregory in the role of Aurora, Sleeping Beauty, in their upcoming production of Sleeping Beauty at St Helen’s Theatre Royal.
Running this spring half term from Friday 3rd to Sunday 12th April at St Helens Theatre Royal, audiences can expect magic, glitz, glamour, suspense and humour- all the ingredients that have helped to keep the Theatre Royal’s past seasonal shows so successful.
Cast: Lee Latchford-Evans, Crissy Rock, Micky Finn, Ann Marie Davies, Emily Fleeshman, Olivia Sloyan, Derren Ankers.
Rita, Sue and Bob Too! is a play which asks so much of an audience that it might miss the very mark it is actually aiming for if not delivered with great care and attention and moulded gently by a Director who sees past the big picture and who can really push the unseen and near obscure to the very front.
If ever there was a moment to silence a Blues crowd into submission then to hear Danny Bryant tell a touching story about his mentor and friend Walter Trout and a request he made to hear Mr. Bryant perform one particular song would have been that moment. The haunting sound of a rich guitar, the lyrics of Walter Trout’s favourite song, Bob Dylan’s Girl From The North Country, floating through the air like wisps of articulate light dancing in the shaded memory of all in attendance and the far-away look in Danny Bryant’s eyes only served notice that the world of Blues has never been closer. It was a beautiful moment and one that fans of both Walter Trout and Danny Bryant will understand the brother-like love and admiration that runs through both men.
There are nights in which you can guess with a fairly decent degree of accuracy exactly what you are going to get from a band or artist that you have gone along to support, wallow in the sounds of nostalgia or be thrilled with the execution of a song you have loved for all your live being performed live and with passion.
When Midge Ure steps on stage, all eyes are naturally always on him. There is the noticeable and understandable plethora of pictures taken by the long term fan wanting to keep their collections up to date of the man that has thrilled them for over 30 years and then the odd shy newcomer taking a picture and hoping that nobody minds. Then it all stops, the camera’s seem to be put away and nobody dares put off the man who makes a Saturday night out, a real treat. What is left is a man who bought songs such as Vienna, If I Was and Dancing With Tears In My Eyes and the guitar, no more no less and the result is tremendous.
Hugh Cornwell is a name that so many have grown up with. No matter the age of the listener, it seems his own solo career and his lengthy time with The Stranglers has touched people’s music conscious and keeps on doing so. No small wonder that the man seems to get more and more enjoyment from coming out on stage, even if he doesn’t say so, his body language speaks volumes as he trades notes and the odd smile with the audience.