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  • Parker Playhouse Florida Concert Review
    rehearsed it certainly didn t detract from the adulation she was feted with from an audience of obvious devotees Most every song received an enthusiastic response and those that were clear crowd favorites More Than One Kind of Love Love and Affection Down to Zero The Weakness in Me and the much requested Willow were greeted with standing ovations Although dressed entirely in black Armatrading positively beamed as she basked in the applause but as she herself admitted right before offering an encore the appreciation wasn t unexpected Related Stories Joan Armatrading Brings a Lifetime of Music to Parker Playhouse In fact Armatrading s concert is constructed to maximize the affection and adulation she s earned throughout a career that spans four decades and has produced songs that have become an integral part of modern music s essential vocabulary Her ability to blend rock reggae blues and balladry is only part of the reason she remains such a singular performer Add to that a still vibrant vocal one that easily shifts from the gruffest growl to a soaring soprano and a knack for menacing guitar licks and it s clear Armatrading s still capable of dazzling diversity Naturally then she was all too eager to tout her triumphs courtesy of a slide show that traced her career from its earliest beginnings through to her 80s successes and into the more recent and mature phase of her career She noted her many accomplishments the fact she was the first pop artist to play the main room at Ronnie Scott s famous London jazz haunt her participation in a London concert that drew a record 260 000 people her private audience with Nelson Mandala and her mingling with rock royalty And while it was likely intriguing for the uninitiated it was hardly news to those who were there Often the show seemed more like a victory lap enjoyed by an artist who was merely rehashing a string of successes Not surprisingly Armatrading s fretwork was most potent when she drew from the three recent albums that formed her so called blues trilogy Her slash and burn riffing and supple leads were most impressive and though she depended on prerecorded tracks to flesh out some of the melodies she still managed to present herself as a one woman wonder Ironically the audience s attention seemed to wane when she went off on that singular tangent prompting several requests for the better known tunes in her repertoire She teased the crowd by remarking that touring solo had caused to change some things she s always done dramatically including dropping Love and Affection an early fan favorite Here again she was joking but given her set approach nothing could be taken for granted After all these months on the road she was clearly intent on keeping with the format Ultimately solo shows are a risky proposition Without other musicians to help shoulder the burden a performer suffering from road fatigue can hinder a performance Armatrading

    Original URL path: http://www.joanarmatrading.com/index.php/item/885 (2016-02-09)
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  • Capitol Theatre Clearwater Review
    come across as meek and withdrawn in the soul bearing brutally honest emotion she evokes through her songwriting nothing could be further from the truth When the applause subsided and she finally had a chance to speak she greeted her adoring audience I though it might be a good idea to play a song from every album I ve done but that s not gonna happen She was met with more applause and some laughter which would be repeated several times over the course of the evening She did however open her set with a nugget from her very first album 1972 s Whatever s For Us City Girl instantly thrilled and elated an already engaged audience comprised mostly of female fans As a single spotlight shone on Joan and the video screen displayed different images of city skylines and landscapes she instantly reminded concertgoers of what it is that really makes her so special her confessional personal lyrics and that voice that rich husky emotive vocal range that has been her trademark throughout her long career And it hasn t lost a single drop of its resonance Armatrading sounded fresh and inspired as she delivered her impressive career overview of songs and plucked out some pretty impressive guitar work along the way Since this is a long tour this is my 137th or 138th gig she recalled I m going have to cut this show short so this will be my last song but thank you she joked after completing her second selection Again the crowd chuckled before settling in for more of her stunning artistry Of her many gifts dabbling in so many different genres successfully might be one of her most impressive Her solemn solo piano delivery of More Than One Kind of Love took on a gospel feel And she tackled folk pop jazz blues and rock n roll over the course of the night too Not an easy feat to accomplish Sporting an almost invisible headset microphone Joan commanded the rapt audience for the duration of the program With some prerecorded accompaniment at times as a disclaimer on the video screen warned at the onset of the show Joan s commanding delivery of All The Way From America was augmented by a piped in string section But in all honesty she didn t need the added track She stood and held her own the whole night proving her worth as a solo performer A short break came when Armatrading flashed a series of snapshots documenting her career on the screen and added some colorful insightful and hilarious commentary throughout Career highlights clothing styles and anecdotes were shared with sharp wit and engaging banter Career defining tune Love and Affection which she d jokingly said earlier in the program she would not play was met with plenty of applause and elation If Joan Armatrading s style approach and flair had to be described in one single song it d have to be this one From the

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  • Wolverhampton 2014 Concert Review
    lost track of her but she would always eventually pop back into my consciousness and we would catch up as old friends do With the announcement recently of her final tour it was only right that I and quite a few more old friends should go along to Wolverhampton s Grand Theatre on Sunday evening to say goodbye and thanks for the memories And what a way to say goodbye to touring Playing completely solo for the first time Joan treated her adoring fans to wonderful versions of some of her most popular and endearing songs such as Drop The Pilot Me Myself I Love And Affection and All The Way From America Accompanying herself on either guitar or piano Joan showed what an accomplished musician she is as well as possessing a truly original voice and wonderful songwriting skills Her guitar playing has always it seems been underrated but Joan clearly demonstrated that she can hold her own in comparison to many of the more recognised rock and blues guitarists The intimate nature of the evening was further enhanced when midway through her set Joan paused to share some stories of her long career illustrated by old photographs Just

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  • The Key Theatre Peterborough
    FAQs Shop Login Logout Contact Fan Email UK Tour Enquiries NA Tour Enquiries Press Enquiries Newsletter Latest Update Concert Reviews Timeline Register Timeline Login Logout The Key Theatre Peterborough Arts journalists Mandy Morton and Nicola Upson review Joan Armatrading on the Eclectic Light Show on Cambridge105 fm in October 2014 at The Key Theatre in Peterborough Related items John Seigenthaler Interviews Joan For Al Jazeera America News Hopkins Center for

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  • Adelaide Concert Review
    actually belong in any of them Joan Armatrading is one of those rare artists who simply sounds like herself Whatever style she is experimenting with she dances on the edges of it So you get her interpretation of blues her interpretation of jazz Except perhaps for rock when she veers down the rock path she surprisingly is a classic rocker A couple of guitar solos sounded quite Hendrix esque And then she s just as likely to follow that up with a soft melodic ballad on piano Armatrading took us through a representative sample of a musical canon that spans four decades There were plenty of her best known numbers Me Myself I Drop The Pilot Love And Affection All The Way From America and a selection of songs from her more recent forays into jazz and blues influenced offerings From the outset she was gracious and witty I loved the way she paused at the conclusion of each song long enough to allow us to show our appreciation and for us to see her smile warmly in enjoyment of the moment Quite endearing Midway through her performance we were treated to a slide show of her career highlights musical and personal It felt like we were in her lounge room at home sharing precious memories It was a nice touch Several songs featured pre recorded parts to fill out the sound At times this worked really well It allowed her to play nifty jazz lead parts on songs like Stepping Out and have us enjoy the brass embellishment on the classic Love And Affection She told us she s played this song in every concert she s ever played and you can see why it is indeed a classic Sing me another love song but this time with a

    Original URL path: http://www.joanarmatrading.com/index.php/component/k2/item/848 (2016-02-09)
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  • Aukland Concert Review
    dirty slide guitar blues which served to remind that Armatrading while usually pigeonholed in the largely meaningless singer songwriter category is in fact a quite accomplished musician She played as has been noted acoustic guitar with such raw fire and passion that a guitar tech appeared from the wings at the end of each song to disappear stage right with whichever instrument Armatrading had just played presumably to re tune it But her playing had depth and detail as well as force 1975 s Steppin Out featured both power and detail to remarkable effect Kissin And A Huggin from the 1977 album Show Some Emotion remained a jazzy number but shoehorned slightly into the middle was another exceptional bit of blues picking It didn t quite entirely fit into the context of the song but it sounded good enough that really nobody cared Armatrading revisited her recent Into The Blues album for Empty Highway a simple but highly effective blues wail There was too much reverb on her electric guitar and her voice could have stood to be higher in the mix but it didn t matter On songs like this everything came together her rich powerful voice with a range and a depth that other singers would cheerfully kill for cut through the guitar line and drove the song with clarity and richness a thing of beauty There were moments such as Woncha Come On Home when Armatrading s voice started to show very slightly now but the signs were there a little bit of weakness in some of the higher registers but the delicate beautiful electric guitar fingerpicking that accompanied more than compensated The show was a solo performance but we were told at the beginning that elements of tonight s concert have been pre recorded by Joan especially for this evening to bring added colour and depth to the performance This translated to string accompaniments in All The Way From America or electric piano on Mercy Mama but for the most part this was Joan Armatrading solo no backing and it was good This show was billed as Joan Armatrading s farewell tour and a message projected on the screen behind the stage before the show told us that this would be her last major world tour The slideshow she presented then half way through the concert could have been read as self indulgent and pretentious but Armatrading a wonderfully charming stage presence with just a hint of shyness managed to make it a quite delightful moment that told the story of her career in five minutes Not that the audience particularly needed reminding of her career most of the crowd largely middle aged middle class and white clearly had the greatest affection for Armatrading and Love And Affection her first big hit from 1976 was met with huge cheers and some slightly embarrassing middle aged white man chair dancing and air guitar and a standing ovation at the end the first time since Armatrading had walked

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  • John Seigenthaler Interviews Joan For Al Jazeera America News
    Chord Charts Full Chord Charts Your Downloads T Shirts DVDs CDs Animation Shop FAQs Shop Login Logout Contact Fan Email UK Tour Enquiries NA Tour Enquiries Press Enquiries Newsletter Latest Update Concert Reviews Timeline Register Timeline Login Logout John Seigenthaler Interviews Joan For Al Jazeera America News Related items Hopkins Center for the Arts Hopkins MN Concert Review Fox Theatre Tucson Arazona Concert Review Capitol Theatre Clearwater Review Cape Town

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  • Hopkins Center for the Arts Hopkins, MN Concert Review
    Tour Enquiries Press Enquiries Newsletter Latest Update Concert Reviews Timeline Register Timeline Login Logout Hopkins Center for the Arts Hopkins MN Concert Review Joan Armatrading Hopkins Center for the Arts At 64 playing her 201st show of her last world tour she brought the house down and earned four standing ovations Playing solo with just three guitars she delivered her rock blues and folk songs equally masterfully with renewed vigor

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