Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Mary Coughlin enchants Bush Hall audience!

Last Tuesday, 19th November, the legendary Mary Coughlin performed for a rapt audience at Bush Hall.  Jamie Lawson was her support act; a singer songwriter whose song ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ became a YouTube sensation and a number one in the download chart. He proudly told the audience that it is now a song that people fall in love to, it was even sung by Mary at her daughters wedding.  He gave a captivating performance and set the night off to a great start. 

Jamie Lawson on stage at Bush Hall
Mary took to the stage with a jazz trio behind her and it didn’t take long for Bush Hall to fall completely under her spell.  Performing songs from throughout her career and interspersing these with amusing anecdotes she had the audience in the palm of her hand.  When asking for song suggestions the room was filled with shouts from keen fans hoping to hear their favourite.  The line up consisted of piano, double bass, saxophone and clarinet as well as two backing singers who joined Mary on stage for several songs.  Mary also invited Jamie back on stage to perform a duet with her, one of the many beautiful moments of the night.  Highlights of the night included 'I Want To Be Seduced' and an equistitly tender version of Joy Divisions 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'. 

© Andy Lawson

As Marys performance neared its end shouts of ‘more, more’ echoed around the room and she delivered, performing a couple of encore songs.  Mary Coughlin received a well-earned standing ovation, with the whole of Bush Hall on their feet.  

Written by Lily Middleton

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