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Review: Songbird – The Eva Cassidy Story @ Lichfield Guildhall

The Lichfield Guildhall hosted an evening about the life, career and music of the singer Eva Cassidy.

With a live singer, a three piece band, and a narrator the show explained the life of the talented interpretive singer and musician, and the success that she deserved, but did not see until after her untimely death from cancer at the age of 33.

Narrated by Chloe Jones, the singer and violinst Rebecca Kelly, James Patrick on guitar, bassist Adam Gilchrist and drummer Miles Levin gave life to the many songs that Eva Cassidy sang during her career.

Never a songwriter, Cassidy’s talent lay in her voice, and talent as an arranger of other people’s songs, which included Fleetwood Mac’s Songbird, Sting’s Fields of Gold or Cyndi Lauper’s Time after Time. As well as these pop tunes, the group also touched on jazz, with Autumn Leaves, Honeysuckle Rose and Peggy Lee’s Fever, while Gospel featured with Curtis Mayfield’s People Get Ready and rhythm and blues with Ray Charles’ Hallejulah I Just Love Him So.

The three piece band were on fine form, while the singing and playing of Rebecca Kelly was sure-footed throughout.

The danger of shows like this is that they sometimes fall between two stools, so depending on your point of view, the music interrupts the narration, or the narration interrupts the flow of the music. This was neither a concert nor a lecture, it fell somewhere inbetween, but it proved an interesting and unique reminder of a fine, sadly lost, talent.

A volunteer wrote this. Say thanks with a coffee.

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