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You know you are hooked

August 16, 2009

…on blogging when you start writing your blog in your head while you are out and about enjoying something. This is what happened to me last night (and it’s not the first time) when I was at a Kate Ceberano concert (sorry Kate – but I did pull myself up quickly and start concentrating again). The concert was her Kate Ceberano – 25 Live Tour which celebrates her 25 years in show business. The support act was Carl Riseley, a rather gorgeous and confident “big band swing-style” singer and trumpeter from Queensland.

Anyhow, a little aside. One of the delights of being retired in Australia is that you get to listen to ABC Radio National programs on all sorts of topics. And so, just last week, I heard an interview on Bush Telegraph with Jim Haynes, the author of a book titled The ultimate guide to country music in Australia. There is a relevance I promise to this digression from an article on jazz-soul-pop-musical theatre singer Kate, and it is this: Haynes suggested that missing on the current country music scene in Australia are good interpreters of song. He said the tendency today is to want to be a singer-songwriter but that interpreting the songs of others is also an important part of the scene.

Kate and her band (including brother Phil at right) (Mobile phone image, August 2009)

Kate and her band (including brother Phil at right) (Mobile phone image, August 2009)

This brings us to Kate. Of course, interpretation is a more intrinsic part of the jazz scene but Kate’s concert included a delightful mix of interpreted and original songs, with the interpreted songs being every bit as engaging as the originals. Carl Riseley warmed us up nicely with an entertaining mix of mostly swing style music, interspersed with the odd bit of trumpet and finishing somewhat surprisingly (unless you follow Riseley I gather) with his version of Boz Scaggs‘ “Lido Shuffle”. And then Kate came on and sang for around 2 hours. She comes across as warm, confident and irrepressible. Her voice is powerful but also has a rich mellowness, and she sang a wide repertoire  including a song she wrote for her mother and her somewhat raunchy also self-penned hit single “Pash”, songs from her Jesus Christ Superstar days, her gorgeous version of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and much more besides.

Oh, and curvaceous Kate looked wonderful in the sparkly long black dress she started in, the white diva gown she changed into, and the tight little black number that she wore to end the concert. 25 years on and Kate is still going strong. It’s hard to think that she won’t still be in another 25 years.  It was a truly joyous night.

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