Thursday, July 10, 2008

Kew Gardens' Summer Swing

I went to Kew Gardens to see Lulu and guests perform tonight. We got lucky with the weather and it was a cool and dry Thursday evening. There were a lot more people there than I expected and as we were an little later arriving than we had originally planned, we ended up sitting quite a distance from the stage. Luckily the acoustics there were actually very good and apart from in terms of the volume, it wouldn't have made much of a difference where we sat.

Singer @ Kew Gardens Summer Swing

The supporting act was a really good singer. I'm not sure if he writes his own stuff but if he does, then he'd be a really good singer/songwriter. I can't remember his name, which is a shame as I would like to hear more of his music. He reminded me of so many great singers that I'm sure he'll be quite successful. The nearest singer I can think of in terms of vocal style and delivery was David Gray, but there were hints of of artists in some of his songs.

Lulu & Paul Carrick @ Kew Gardens Summer Swing

Lulu was good, not great, but good. I suppose considering her age she was quite good, but after the great voice that preceded her, she was a bit weak. On stage with Lulu was Kiki Dee and Paul Carrick and they were also good, but nothing special.

Lulu came on and sang the songs everyone expected her to sing, but her rendition of "The Man Who Sold the World" was just poor. On the other hand she did sing "To Sir With Love" quite well and she and Kiki Dee did a good version of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart". Her duets with Paul Carrick were not bad either.

Kiki Dee @ Kew Gardens Summer Swing

Kew Gardens Summer Swing

Kew Gardens Summer Swing

Finale @ Kew Gardens Summer Swing



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have loved to have been there to hear her sing "to Sir with love love"
I really loved the song in the movie which I saw in london when I was myself a student.
It still causes me to feel teary eyed when I hear the song or see the movie on t.v.

Your photos are lovely.
The Gardens must have been beautifully light as it looks like a dreamscape in your photos. Sorry I missed it.

14/7/08 05:47  

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