28th April 2017
It has been almost four years since Caro Emerald visited Ipswich, and once again she sold out The Regent for Suffolk’s leg of The Emerald Island Tour.
A Caro Emerald show is not just about the music – it is an audio-visual experience. Thought and time goes into its production. From the calming, plain red stage set as you enter the auditorium to the stars projected on the ceiling during the encore.
I was left with a distinct 60s James Bond feel – the style of the back projected graphics, the backlit silhouettes of the band and some of the numbers could well have graced the opening titles for 007.
In this show we were treated to a mix of new and old – interesting to see the introduction of beatbox sounds and loop pedals. Gimmicky it wasn’t. It added a new dimension to her show.
And what a show. Starting slow it gradually built up to what has become her signature song, Liquid Lunch – what is it about that song? It can be played as a raucous rock number or a funky jazz bop-a-long.
Throughout, her band was on top form, their solos allowing Caro to change – well, I say change: she varied the tops worn over that little black dress. She seemed as fresh at the end as she had at the beginning, having managed to get almost all of the audience standing or dancing.
Naturally there was an encore but I wasn’t expecting her to begin with Eden Ahbez’s Nature Boy – first recorded by Nat King Cole almost seventy years ago. Amid her well know hits and her new tracks, it was this cover that sent shivers down my spine.
Opening for Caro was Irit Dekel from Tel Aviv. Along with her London based guitarist and Finnish accordion player she arrived unannounced sang one song, removed her shoes and then had the theatre hanging on her words. Some reviewers I know just turn up for the main act, dismissing the support. I am so glad I am not one of them and I look forward to hearing this woman sing live again.