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London Bush Hall 11 October 2009
is a new rising star performing retro 50's jazz blues tinged rockabilly
rock. In fact it's difficult to exactly pidgeon hole her ,but isn't
that the making of something great?
to review Bryden, I hadn't heard of her name or music before, but after
listening to her single 'What Does It Take' it only took me 30 seconds to
recognize the appeal and quality of what Nell Bryden has to offer.
Ben (son of James) Taylor, the Bush Hall is the perfect setting.
This gallery room venue with the hanging chandelier makes the impression
that you are being transported back to the good 'ole days. Tonight was to
be a stripped down affair to complement the acoustic gig by headliner Ben
the stage with her drummer Bernie Gardner and strapping on her vintage
looking 1946 Gibson L-12 guitar Nell Bryden gives the impression of
confidence, especially when the microphone fails to work then smiles and
says ''Thank you and goodnight'' to the audience. It's smiles all
with 'Where The Pavement Ends' from her new CD, it was amazing how the two
filled the hall with their unique sound. With no bass or keyboards I
was immediately taken to the heart of Dixieland, with Nell's clear booming
voice getting everyone's attention.
her credentials, she took us back to the beginning of the blues by
performing a Robert Johnson number 'Hellhound On My Trail' was melancholic
and beautiful. 'What Does It Take' and 'Second Time Around' are two
singles that have both received daytime Radio 2 play listings won this
plays in the UK in November with her full electric band, and on this
performance I will definitely be coming back second time around.
Set list: Where The Pavement Ends / Tonight / Helens Requiem / Hellhound
On My Trail / What Does It Take / It's Not Like Loving You / Second Time
by Mark Taylor
Gig review (13.11.09)
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