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The Lowry, Salford, 1 April 2012

Photos by Noel Buckley

Judie Tzuke, photo by Noel Buckley

After one of the worst experiences of my gig going life - Joe Bonamassa's painfully high volume set at the Liverpool Echo Arena - it was nice to return an altogether more cultured evening of entertainment in the presence of Judie Tzuke.

It's a sad indictment of the times that she was unable to attract sufficient interest to put on a Liverpool gig, and that on her current 'One Tree Less' tour she was playing a smaller hall at the Salford Lowry than on her retrospective 'Moon On A Mirrorball' tour 18 months ago.

But for those attending it made for a wonderfully intimate date with an artist who continues to quietly ply her trade with grace and fortitude.

Judie Tzuke, photo by Noel Buckley

Yes, this was the complete antithesis to the Bonamassa gig, and better for it in every way. And while both artists' music is steeped in subtleties, Judie's is served with warmth and humility whereas Joe's egotistical posturing and crude volume levels did nothing to enhance his reputation in my eyes.

But tonight was about a woman whose catalogue now stretches to 17 albums over 33 years, and whose output since forming her own Big Moon Records label in 1996 has just got better, and better. Her latest offering 'One Tree Less', picks up the threads of her recent work and is another sublime record.

And while the set naturally focused on that release, she included in it a decent selection from just about every part of her career.

Oh, for an unplugged set with nothing but a grand piano in tow

Still suffering from stage fright and not altogether comfortable in the spotlight, her band of Graeme Kearns (guitar), Jimmy Sims (bass), Jonny Dyke (keyboards), Matt Racher (drums),and and daughter Bailey (backing vocals) provided a comfort blanket that for the most part kept her, at least, looking happy and confident.

Judie Tzuke, photo by Noel Buckley

It has to be said though, that some of the finest moments of the set were when the support was minimal, for example on ''Till It's Over' from the new album, and 'If (When You Go)' from 'Moon On A Mirrorball'. It was in those quiet moments that the beauty of her vocals was fully exposed. Oh, for an unplugged set with nothing but a grand piano in tow.

On this showing it's Judie Tzuke who should be playing arenas, or venues like the Royal Albert Hall. But, you can't help but feel she prefers the more 'homely' intimacy of the smaller venue. She may look more a bit more homely these days, but I'll let you into a secret, that gives me a rather comforting and warm feeling. Just like her music. Wonderful.

Setlist: Enjoy The Ride / One Tree Less / Submarine Boy / Moving Target / The Other Side / Sukarita / If (When You Go) / 'Till It's Over / Bring The Rain / How Sweet It Is / While She Sleeps / Joy / Living On The Coast / Vivien / Human Kind / Joan Of Arc / Sportscar / Stay With Me Till Dawn.

Review by Pete Whalley

Photos by Noel Buckley

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