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 (Drums) and Jimmy Sims (Bass) who were joined by Bailey Tzuke on 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 current #2 fave!) amongst not a few others.
Having briefly interviewed Judie for ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) earlier this year, 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 official Judie Tzuke website or from amazon.co.uk thus: