Maaike Breijman is Kate Bush
Unique by its very definition,means no-one could ever copy Kate Bush.Maaike Breijman,however comes pretty close as she demonstrated last night at Manchester's Opera House.
The girl is clearly a huge fan and her attention to detail is meticulous. Her resemblance is uncanny in parts, as is her demeanour. She doesn't always sound like Kate, though technically probably has a better voice, but we miss the lisp and the massive range of Kate from top end, to dramatic low key in the same phrase.
The music sounded great with a live band of talented musicians and backing vocalist, and because of Kate's legendary reluctance to perform live, we have never heard some of these songs live. The range of material was good, touching upon every album, bar the most recently themed, 50 Words For Snow.
A pair of tightly choreographed dancers accompanied Maaike throughout the show,which helped ro recreate some of the famous routines that the enthusiastic audience clearly recognised.
In terms of musical highlights,where does one start?
Classic hits like Babooshka, Wuthering Heights, Running Up That Hill, Cloudbusting and of course Wow are teamed alongside fan favourites like James & The Cold Gun, Moving, Experiment IV and the visually brilliant and entertaining, Them Heavy People. She opens the second half in sedate fashion, simply with a piano doing wonderful versions of The Man With The Child In His Eyes and This Woman's Work.
Whilst the fact remains that no-one except Kate Bush can ever entertain us in her own special way,an evening with Maaike Breijman is a hugely enjoyable experience.
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