Rated 4 out of
Heather Nova a real surprise package!
I only went to this show as I was in London and needed a tonic after seeing West Ham loose to Liverpool. I got to the venue just as the support artist finished his stint. I've been to the Jazz Café before but had never seen the place so packed, after queuing some time I managed to get a drink and took my place standing five rows back from the front of stage. I was hoping to have met someone but the place was so packed I couldn't see her! The only album I have by Heather Nova is Oyster and the first part of the show Heather played the album throughout. She has a fine voice and a great band. The lead guitarist was most noteworthy, the rhythm section were pretty tight and workmanlike but didn't venture far from their comfort zone. The cellist was more of a disappointment to me. She was obviously a very capable player but there were only about three songs where you could actually hear her contribution, usually she was drowned out by the others and all you could really hear were her back-up vocals. Shame really. Anyway, I really enjoyed the songs from Oyster as well as the track she left off the album but released as a 'B' side. Some of the later songs did come across as a bit samish but that could be that I just don't know the songs. Two nice touches at the end of the show - Heather thanked the road crew for all their hard work during the tour and the bass player congratulated Heather and said how much he and the rest of the band enjoyed the tour. She performed an as yet untitled new song for the first time and dedicated it to London.
Date published: 2017-11-06