Jean Carne, Shirley Jones, Alyson Williams Gig Review 09/01/2008

Wednesday 9th January 2008 saw the last of three nights in concert, with the legendary Jean Carne and her friends Shirley Jones & Alyson Williams at the Jazz Cafe in Camden Town, London. Unfortunately Glenn Jones could not attend as planned, due to illness.

The live music started after 9pm, when Jean Carne’s brother, who compared the evening introduced his sister to the audience. Jean took to the stage wearing a black jacket and skirt outfit. She told us of how she had recently been in Blackpool performing at the Luxury Soul Weekender.

Jean went on to introduce the first act which was Alyson Williams. Alyson came on stage and sung ‘SleepTalk’ which immediately got the crowd singing and dancing. Alyson went on to sing most of her well known tracks including her version of ‘Holding Back The Years’ from the current album ‘It’s About Time’.

Second on stage was Shirley Jones from the legendary group The Jones Girls. Shirley performed many of the classics we all know so well including ‘Who Can I Run Too’, ‘Nights Over Egypt’ and ‘Do You Get Enough Love’ which got just about had every one in the house singing.

Finally it was the turn of Jean Carne herself. Jean is a real true professional. Well use to performing at the Jazz Cafe she was able to interact with the audience in a very special way. Even when one of her fans got so excited by holding her hand that they did not want to let go. Jean handled the situation really well. She performed all her major hits including ‘Was That All It Was’, ‘We Got Some Catchin’ Up To Do’ and of course ‘Don’t Let It Go To Your Head’.

The was a final surprise for us with a two song rendition from 19 year old Alexandra Bell whose mother Melissa Bell is a former singer with Soul II Soul.

In my opinion I felt the concert rated 8/10.