Thursday, February 27, 2014

Madeline Bell at Ronnie Scott's

Saturday 22-Feb-2014

A busy day starting with a cream tea and mulled wine at Southwark Cathedral refectory after which we did a quick circuit of the cathedral proper. I worked five minutes walk from the place for a year but never made time to look around at lunchtime, so now I have.

To get to Ronnie Scott's we walked over London Bridge and caught the Number 15 bus which uses the traditional, old-style Routemaster bus. A nice bonus.

Straight from Trafalgar Square to Ronnie Scott's for a pre-show cocktail followed by a meal to the sounds of the Ronnie Scott's All Stars.

Madeline was brilliant, she was clearly having way too much fun. She chatted with the audience, she cracked jokes, she told stories, she forgot what she was doing next and she sang. She obviously was not taking it seriously but in a good way. She sang songs old and new and was just superb; Mary's verdict was "one of the best fun concerts ever".

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Ronnie Scott's is always described as an intimate venue and it is for shows like this that the membership fee is worth every penny - early mailings and discounted tickets - that got us into sold out, much in demand gigs. This was one of those experiences you only get with live performance by great artists in small venues. Fantastic.

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