Review: Enchante at the Lichfield Guildhall

With a sizeable and appreciative audience, a set-list of fine original material and some choice covers, and a hugely sympathetic acoustic room in the Guildhall, Enchante retired with some style during their last ever performance.

The four piece of singer, songwriter and guitarist Jocelyne Thompson, classical guitarist Ron Thomas, double bassist Nick Thompson and accordionist Paul Strach, brought to the Guildhall the atmosphere of Montmartre café society, with their romantic musicianship and easy on stage rapport with their audience.

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The set included everything from songs by Leonard Cohen and compositions by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt, to their own numbers, which ranged in subject matter from first love to the struggles of dementia.

The accordion of Paul Strach added a lot of atmosphere to the songs, blending perfectly with the melodic guitar parts, and the sure-footed bass playing.

Jazz standards such as Autumn Leaves blended seamlessly with more modern music, the highlight of which was the slow waltz of Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me To The End Of Love.

A fitting original for the occasion, The Last Show looked at the lives of performing artists, while the lively Farmer Boy, was a reminiscence about First Love.

The musical talents of the band were shown to full effect during Django Reinhardt’s Tears, a masterclass in guitar-playing, with fitting, sympathetic accordion and bass, before the inevitable set closer of Edith Piaf’s Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien bought the house to their feet.

Most bands don’t get the chance to see goodbye in this way it was fitting that an ensemble of Enchante’s pedigree did.

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