#326: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! There was no chance that the back problems that caused me to miss the Pugwash gig in London would prevent me travelling down to Huntingdon Hall in Worcester on Monday 2nd April to see one of my other absolute favourite artists - namely the supremely talented and superb songstress who is Judie Tzuke. You may also recall that Yours truly KJS has posted one or two articles here on ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] on the subject of Judie's March/April 2012 tour and her amazing new album "One Tree Less" thus:
This much anticipated concert [the tour finale] was opened by Judie's daughter - Bailey Tzuke - who performed a balanced set of half a dozen songs in a four piece ensemble with great intensity, headed by the haunting yet beautiful voice of Bailey of which the highlight for this writer was "My Waltz".
After a short interval, Judie made her appearance in front of a rapturous house and she proceeded to deliver with stunning vocal clarity in perfect unison with her tight and expressive band a set songs that ranged from her debut album "Welcome To The Cruise" all the way through to the excellent "One Tree Less". Judie was backed by one of the most professional and tight bands that I have seen in a very long time with Jonny Dyke [Keyboards], Graham Kearns [Guitars], Matt Racher [Percussion] and Jimmy Sims [Bass] who were joined by Bailey Tzuke [Backing Vocals] for a ninety  minute performance - without a break save for the obligatory encore.
The song selections were dominated by the new songs within the new release but they settled in snugly and seamlessly with Judie's varied and rich catalogue of heart rendered and pensive songs. From the opening "Enjoy The Ride" through to the highly emotional final rendition of "Stay With Me 'Till Dawn", the audience were enthralled and captivated by the spellbinding vocal craft of Judie as they heard superb songs such as: "Submarine Boy", "Vivien", "Sukarita", "Bring The Rain", "Humankind", "Joy"; "A Moving Target", "If [When You Go]", "One Tree Less", "Sports Car", "The Other Side" and "Living On The Coast" [my #2 fave!] amongst not a few others.
Having briefly interviewed Judie for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] early 2012, it was wonderful to chat with her band, her tour team as well as Bailey and [briefly after an exhaustive signing session] Judie herself. The whole night was of musical enchantment for this writer and I highly recommend that you go and support Judie on her next [acoustic] tour in the not too distant future. Please also be reminded that "One Tree Less" [and most of Judie's discography!] is now available either directly from the Judie Tzuke Official web site or from amazon.co.uk thus: