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London Bush Hall 11 October 2009

Nell Bryden, photo by Noel Buckley

Nell Bryden 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?

When asked 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 Taylor, photo by Noel Buckley

Supporting 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 Taylor.

Nell Bryden, photo by Noel Buckley

Walking onto 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 round.

Opening up 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.

Nell Bryden, photo by Noel Buckley

Showing off 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 audience over.

Nell Bryden 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 Around

Review by Mark Taylor

Photos by Noel Buckley

Nell Bryden, photo by Noel Buckley

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