Judie Tzuke – Woman Overboard Tour – #Amazing
Written by Ian Rose on May 28, 2014
If you listen to my radio show ‘That Was Then This Is Now’ you will know I am a huge Judie Tzuke fan and have been for many years. On Sunday 25th May I had the pleasure of seeing her at The Stables in Milton Keynes. Before I mention the show just have to say The Stables is a great venue, holding up to 400 people and it is next door to Cleo Laine’s house! I was on the second row feeling very much part of the ‘action’ and the theatre was full!
Judie was supported by two great acts. First there was Jamie Lawson who I had seen perform last year at Marylebone Station. He sounded fabulous then but at The Stables he was just fantastic. Jamie played six tunes covering his musical career from ‘Almost All The Time’ from his first album ‘Last Night Stars’ through to the more recent ‘Moving In’ from ‘Between Each Breath’ EP. At the end of his set he said he would stay and chat in the break and if you wanted to buy a CD you could to cover the cost of his ‘tour bus’ – he went on to explain one sale would cover this. Such was the success of his set that there was a huge queue at not only the end of his set but also at the very end of the show! I can really recommend checking out Jamie and his material – (In case you didn’t know he has had a number 1 in Ireland!)
Jamie was followed onto the stage by Judie’s daughter Bailey, who was accompanied by her sister Tallula on backing vocals and Ben Mark on guitar. Bailey played a short set comprising some new tunes which will be released shortly as well as a side project she is working on. Bailey has an excellent voice and I’m really looking forward to hearing more from her. I’ve already requested that she plays her own tune ‘Strong’ when I see her next!
So to the main event and the superb Judie Tzuke. Judie came out to the stage with just Ben Mark and performed the beautiful ‘All at Sea’, the band then joined for a stirring version of ‘One Tree Less’. I’ve said before that Judie has a very special voice and on Sunday despite having only just recovered from a throat infection she really did sound as good as ever. It is clear that Judie and her band love what they do and each one is amazingly talented. In what other band have you seen a drummer also play viola? The whole band were superb musicians and Ben Mark’s guitar playing was exceptional (how many guitars does he have?). Her set covered her whole career including her hit from 1979 ‘Stay With Me Till Dawn’ right up to the title track of her new unreleased album ‘Women Overboard’. The stand out tracks for me were ‘Tonight’ from the ‘Wonderland’ album and a fabulous cover of John Martyn’s ‘May You Never’ with Judie, Bailey and Talulla all taking a turn at lead vocals.
The set closed with the beautiful track ‘If’ based on the Rudyard Kipling poem. No one left and after a standing ovation Judie and her band (including Jamie Lawson) were back to perform an ‘a capella’ version of ‘For You’. The whole show finished with an uplifting version of Sukarita and another standing ovation.
The whole evening was amazing but was made even more special as everyone who waited got the opportunity to talk to Judie, Bailey, Jamie and the band. They were all simply charming and it was a delight to be in their company.
This was a fantastic evening with an amazing talent who I believe is a National Treasure. If you wish to hear a number of the tracks from the concert you can catch them on my show this week on Sunday at 8 on Radio Warwickshire. Alternatively if you get a chance go to see the concert live as there are still some dates left on the tour – go to www.tzuke.com/ to get all the latest information – you will have a great evening!