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100 Club, London, 22 January 2011
have certainly raised in profile since their last London date, and this
show was literally packed to the rafters.
Openers Bijoumiyo introduced themselves as a freeform jam band,
and while there was an element of West Coast tripping off feel, the
overriding feel was that of funk (think James Brown meets Stevie Wonder)
with Ray Fenwick styled jazz fusion.
enough blues to nod to Led Zeppelin. To see members of the Classic Rock
team dancing in what little space there was must tell you something.
Saint Jude have already been making waves and rightly so, their
debut album causing a stir and the sold out crowd tonight showed their
with 'In My Head', the music is earthy British rock heavily influenced
by rhythm íní blues; think Small Faces, Humble Pie, hint of Led
Yet it is
the vocals and vocalist that entrances everyone. The electrifying Lynne Jackaman, who not only looks a little like Janis Joplin (with some
Hannah Ild thrown in), but sounds remarkably like Janis too.
thereís more than a hint of early Tina Turner in there too. Think
British Invasion blues rock with some of the best female vocals you will
ever see and hear.
music, and 'Garden Of Eden' had some heavy keyboards that gave a Deep
Mid set a
track or two slowed things down, but it was clear that, even with going
on stage so late, they were enjoyable and enjoyed throughout.
Saint Jude set:
In My Head, Garden Of Eden, Leave A Light On, Parallel Life, Angel
,little Queen , Pleased To Meet You, Soul On Fire, Sweet Melody , Down
And Out , Southern Belles