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Friday, 1 October, 2010

Judie Tzuke

Filed under: General — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:38 pm

I went last night to see Judie Tzuke (wikipedia link) at the Sheffied City Hall.

It was brill, sale a few problems finding the place – not that find -1.472238&spn=0.001366, approved 0.002529&t=h&z=19″ target=”_blank”>Sheffield City Hall is hard to find, a stonking great building in the center of Sheffield with a big sign on the front saying Box office (where you go to pick up the tickets). Except it wasn’t open! Eventually we found where the gig was – you had to go around the back! No signs, no posters saying playing tonight, no nothing. The venue is quite intimate, we were at the back of the balcony which when we bought the tickets I thought wasn’t going to be very good, but the place is so small there’s no problem.

The gig was pretty damn good! The obligatory support acts, two of them, one of whom was Judie’s daughter Bailey and the the lady we’d all come to see.

For those who don’t know Judie Tzuke was big way back in the 80’s, not that that mattered. She gave us a selection from her extensive repertoire and though there were a couple of mistakes – it was only the second date of her tour – it was incredible just how true and powerful her voice still is.

The set started with some tunes I didn’t know, but it ended with some of her older and, as she admitted, livelier material. This is where the set really came to life for me. Sportscar was just plain incredible, outstanding. Here we go again, performed near acapello with just a piano for acompaniement and her two daughters filling in for the original multi track was chilling.

I only have two complaints, she left us wanting more, much more, despite ending at 11pm. And I think the whole thing would have been better standing rather than sitting. I would have loved to dance (well at least shuffle around incompetently).

I’ve listened today to the original studio tracks, and while comparable, the live set was so much, well, more, just more! Live gigs bring something that just can’t seem to be captured on disk.

Next time she tours, which isn’t often, I’ll be pissed if I miss it.

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