Rated 5 out of
Princess Chelsea superb at the Shaklewell Arms
I had not seen Princess Chelsea before but discovered her some years ago by stumbling across her many YouTube clips. These are always fun to watch and you are not really sure if she is taking things seriously. I had bought her second album which I thought was wonderful so decided to both get her latest release and see her live.
The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston has a weird stage in the music room where half the band are hidden from view and with five people in the band the drummer was well and truly hidden. Chelsea and the others arrived on stage at 9pm and went through a substantial amount of her work for the next 75 minutes. In addition to guitars, keys, drums etc. instead of an array of electronic gizmos Princess Chelsea had her trademark xylophone which makes her sound rather unique. I think most people in the audience knew her work inside out and as every tunes started one could clearly here the crowds reaction and rapturous applause greeted the end of every song. It was all heavenly.
After the last song as played the band hid for all of 15 seconds behind the weird stage and then came back to play three more, it was all terrific .
Support, which was from 8pm for half an hour, was by Alan Power who played a guitar on his own. Not bad at all though most people at the time had not showed up, why?
Date published: 2018-09-09