Corine Bailey Rae at the Tab

I had the privilege of going to Corinne Bailey Rae’s gig at The Tabernacle. It was her first London gig for a while, and she chose to come to Notting Hill. Great choice – the Tabernacle is such an awesome venue. Loyal fans turned out en masse to greet her. Everything about the gig was joyful and ethereal. The set reflected the healing journey that Corinne has been on recently. The audience were delighted to see her returned to happiness. During ‘Closer’ she was literally touching hands with audience as they sang along. It perfectly encapsulated the intimate setting and appreciative crowd. They were singing along to old tracks such as ‘Put Your Record On’ but loved the new songs. When she played the beautiful new track ‘Skies’ it really felt that the sun was indeed breaking through the sky and a new season had begun. The band were brilliant, they were unified and sensitive to where Corinne was taking the songs. They joined in the fun and discreetly anchored the more reflective moments of her set. Highlights included ‘Are you here’ with its big indie guitar riffs. Ricky Wilson would have been proud of our lass from Leeds. ‘Tell me’ is all about transformation and was a good measure of how far she has come in the decade since she first shared her songs and stories with us. Corinne was energetic, but laid back and her voice is simply wonderful. The new album ‘The Heart Speaks in Whispers’ is released on May 13 and it sits well with her back catalogue. It perfectly captures spring and the hope of a new start. She is a star, not ‘just like a star…’ corinnebaileyrae

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