THE Tuesday night shows at the Blues Club have returned with a bang. It does not get much better than this. A packed house saw a stunningly scintillating performance from Laura Welburn in her debut headlining gig, supported by the superb Tom Townsend Band.
The highly enthusiastic audience were treated to a diverse selection of songs ranging from early spiritual gospel right up to 60s/70s country and soul. Tunes by Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, Buffalo Springfield, Etta James, Robben Ford and the Beatles were also included.
The first set opened with the Tina Turner classic Fool In Love, giving Laura the chance to give us an early taste of her powerful vocal range. Her deft voice continued with Amy Winehouse’s Wake Up Alone and then funked it up with Who is He? by Bill Withers. You Shoulda Treated Me Right screamed Laura, before treating us to her more silky and dulcet tones in Turn Me On. Good versions of Marvin Gaye’s Lets Get it On and Buffalo Springfield’s For What it’s Worth followed, before the set closed with the Beatles’ Come Together.
Francine Reed’s Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues opened the second set, with Laura’s dominating vocals blowing the audience away. Tom Townsend finally got his chance to sing on Johnny Cash’s Jackson and displayed his bourgeoning guitar skills on Robben Ford’s Chevrolet. Also well worthy of mention were the considerable talents of the very able rhythm section, comprising Paul Tilley on drums and Nick Boyes on bass. Their timing was impeccable throughout. Mark Gordon’s keyboard playing was a pleasure to listen to and I particularly liked his solo on Fulsom Prison Blues. The set finished with a rousing version of soul queen Aretha Franklin’s Respect. Laura is back next Tuesday.
The club’s organisers were so impressed with her when she appeared at a jam session last year that they agreed to sponsor her for at least a year and provided a band to help showcase her talents.
Once again, entry costs £5 (or £3 for members). Tickets are not on sale in advance but can be reserved by calling Mark on 07956 925925.