Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri at Waterside
Sale Waterside Arts Centre hosted an evening of songs from Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri on Friday 18th October.
It was a very good evening. As well as some of the old standards (featuring 'Don’t go breaking my heart' of course) we had songs from their new live album, as well as some very entertaining anecdotes. Audience participation was encouraged to the point of one chap dancing in the aisles with Kiki to an old Leonard Cohen number ('Dance me to the end of love'). He was rewarded with a copy of the album.
Carlo is a very accomplished musician and filled the theatre with his guitar skills as well as duetting with Kiki in most of the songs. She also provided the music on keyboards and tambourine.
There were two sets and several encores lasting well over two hours, and we still left wanting more as Kiki casually wandered forward in to her audience during her rendition of the Carole King classic, 'How sweet it is'.
Other highlights for us included the stunning 'Amoureuse, the Kate Bush classic 'Running up that hill' and 'I got the music in me' from, unbelievably 1973.
Indeed, the duo were both so warm and easy with the audience that you almost forgot that you where in a public venue at all.
The tour continues around the country and they’re appearing at Shaw Playhouse on November 16th.
Full details can be found at https://www.kikiandcarmelo.com/
Paul Schofield for Canal St Online.