|ELOBF respected the request for no photographs on the night by Judie and the venue|
A marvellous support set from Jamie Lawson opened the evening and without doubt the excellent rendition of his superb composition: "Didn't Expect That" - a song he delighted in telling us that made #3 in the Irish singles charts last year [and #1 in the Irish download chart] - was a highlight.
Next up came Judie's talented daughter Bailey - ably accompanied by the impressive Ben Mark on guitar and younger sister Tallula on vocals - and she enchanted the audience with a selection of her own songbook with the surprising highlight being a cover of The Smith's "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out". Like her mother and sister, this performance more than ably demonstrated that Bailey has been blessed with a rich vocal range that oozes class.
Judie Tzuke never ceases to amaze me. Both recorded and live. For this tour it is evident that, once again, she had not only assembled another tight live seven  piece band [including daughters Bailey and Tallula] - who more than did justice to the Tzuke song catalogue - but also a set list of her personal song choices covering her career fully from her 'arrival' with "Welcome To The Cruise" on Elton John's Rocket Records back in 1979 up to the present day and even that which is yet future.
All the songs were warmly and enthusiastically received by a knowledgeable audience familiar with her work. All my personal favourites were there including a fantastic live three part harmony encore delivery of "For You", a pumped up "Enjoy The Ride", a solo straddled "Living On The Coast" and a haunting "If [When You Go]". It was great to hear anew tracks from "One Tree Less" and "So Emotional" from her recent "Song Book" outing too. We were also treated to a taste of her new album with the title track "Woman Overboard" - very much reminiscent of Kate Bush - very much grabbing the attention. Naturally, her singing of "Stay With Me Till Dawn" was de facto perfect.
We look forward all the more to the promise of a stripped down acoustic tour and, of course, the new album "Woman Overboard" on the evidence of this wonderful concert.
Tour set list: "All At Sea"; "One Tree Less"; "So Emotional"; "Man And A Gun"; "Come Hell Or Waters High"; "The Other Side"; "May You Never"; "Woman Overboard"; "Enjoy The Ride"; "Jerry McGuire"; "Tonight"; "Living On The Coast"; "Bring The Rain"; "Stay With Me Till Dawn; "If [When You Go]"; "For You"; "Sukarita"
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Judie Tzuke to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-June-2014