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NELL BRYDEN Borderline London, 13 November 2009
saw Brooklyn Babe Nell Bryden in a stripped-down form (behave lads) whilst
supporting Ben Taylor at the Shepherds Bush Hall and was mightily
impressed. I was very intrigued to see her in full flight with her
I must give
special mention to support act Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire.
This Glaswegian act took a nine hour journey by car to be here today and
soon won me over. Sounding like an in-tune Bob Dylan mixed with Tom
Petty and a touch of fellow Jocks Travis. Some well crafted songs
including one track 'My Greatest Success' which Kris Krosterfan sang
backing vocals on their first CD 'Bookmarks'.They have a new release out
called 'Sign Language'. You should bookmark them.
Bryden is a colourful character and has a large stage presence,
immediately talking to the crowd before launching into the swing of the
first song 'Tonight'. 'Helen's Requiem' was a heartfelt song about
Hurricane Katrina that struck New Orleans. A place where Nell's
musicall heart lies.
version of Robert Johnson's 'Hellhound On My Trail' was soulful and spine
tingling. I've heard many Johnson covers by many blues greats
including Peter Green, Eric Clapton and Gary Moore but never done by a
female which gave this song a new lease of life.
back to life with new single 'Not Like Loving You' she soon got us dancing
with the upbeat 'What Does It Take' and a fun version of the Johnny Cash
classic 'Ring Of Fire' all done in Bryden's unique style. In her red
stilettos, fishnets and black sequin dress Nell was having fun jumping up
and down without skipping a beat during 'Late Night Call', it was
is full of life and can talk a lot, I'm sure she can make the journey home
for Roddy Hart and the boys go a lot quicker with Nell chatting in the
back seat, but she is interesting and funny.
I was so
glad I came for a 'Second Time Around'. Whilst many couch potatoes
sit at home watching the X-Factor, millions are missing out because the
real talent was here at the Borderline tonight.
Set list : Tonight / Only Life I know / Helen's Requiem / Where The
Pavement Ends / Meridian / Goodbye / Hellhound On My Trail /Someday / Not
Like Loving You / What Does It Take / Ring Of Fire / Late Night Call /
Soundtrack / Second Time Around.
by Mark Taylor
Gig review (11.10.09)
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