Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri
The delightfully intimate Railway Venue in outer Bolton,was last night in many ways the perfect location to appreciate the mastery and musicianship of this extraordinary pair.
Kiki,of course is known to millions across the globe for her work with Elton John over the years and in particular 'Dont go breaking my heart' from 1976.This song which dominated the charts all over the world,remains something of a signature for Kiki and she gave us a lovely acoustic version last night early in her first set.
Despite some inevitable background,bar noise,the Railway is a little gem of a find with excellent sound,lighting and a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere to both artists and customers.
Much of the first half was taken up with tracks from the new album 'A place where i can go',which merged beautifully with other,more known songs, including a sublime cover of the Kate Bush classic 'Running up that hill'.A version that according to Kiki,Kate herself liked. Praise indeed..
Other highlights for us included the stunning 'Amoureuse and 'like nobodys child'.
After a short break,the pair returned to stage and gave us even more mastery with an apacella version of 'Loving and free',followed by 'Ive Got the Music in Me' and 'True love ways'.
At just over 3 hours in length,this evening was becoming a 'Ken Dodd' kind of event,but frankly nobody Was in any hurry as Midnight struck.
They were both so warm and easy with the audience that you almost forgot that you where in a public venue at all.
Kiki and Carmelo are an formidable duo, who yet again proved that when you are that talented and experienced you can entertain and captivate and audience anywhere at any time.
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Published: 16-Nov-2013 (2185)