What a buzz
from Emeli Sande’s Usher hall gig
and it was wonderful to see and hear her on the Big Stage!
This was my 9th
Emeli Sande gig! (2007
I saw her perform in Glasgow Oran Mor
(2007, 2011, 2016), King Tuts (2011), Old Fruitmarket (2012), Clyde Auditorium
(2012), Olympic Torch Relay Glasgow July (2012), Royal Albert hall (Nov 2012)
was at Medical school in Glasgow with Emeli and she suggested that I should
come hear her sing at the Oran Mor in December 2007. A year previously I had
started seriously shooting music and events – Mugdock music festival, sports events, theatre, Edinburgh festival.
I took photos
at the concert that were used for Emeli’s promotional flyers and in print press
after contacts from her manager over the next 4 years (2007 – 2011). Then in
2011 she debuted the songs for her upcoming number one selling album 'Our
Version of Events'. In 2012 Emeli performed at the Opening ceremony Olympic Games
was definitely shooting at her Royal Albert hall gig November 2012! What a
thrill. You enter the hall via
spiralling steps that take you right in front of the stage with the audience
behind. There was a black and white photo of Frank Sinatra with the audience
behind him on the wall. Inspired.
performed songs from her new album, Long Live the Angels, along with her hit
songs of 2012. She sang a breath taking, expressive Breathing Underwater, a
soul-filled Give me Something to Believe In. After which she
took the energy up with her rocking soul songs Babe (one of her favourites), hit
single Hurts and the popular Wonder.
Her well-rehearsed band and backing singers did quality justice to the songs, while behind her she had
an ever-changing back drop of clouds, candles, raindrops, cosmos and more.
all the bases from her Highs and Lows of bright yellow energies to poignant
blues - with the intimate emotions of Clown
at piano and Your Beautiful with
only guitar backing.
climaxed with her hit favourite songs Next
To Me and Read all About It. She built us
up with her songs of the wonder in us and helped us too to climb mountains. She
exclaimed too, how much she appreciated fans being there.
Sande has a
powerhouse soul voice with an engaging presence and hope-filled songs. She is
also a sincere, open hearted and generous lady! In turbulent days she sings of the good in us. ‘Long Live the Angels
(PS There was
problems with ticket touts at the concert hall door, with reportedly as many as
200 fans turning up with fake tickets and being badly disappointed. This
problem needs to be seriously looked into! Tip – buy tickets early from the
SONGS: Selah, Breathing Underwater, Tenderly, Free, Give me Something, Garden, Kung Fu,
Every Single Little Piece, Heaven, Hurts, Sweet Architect, Hurts, Happen, Beneath Your Beautiful, Clown, Shakes, Babe, Highs & Lows, little Bit Longer, Next To Me, Read All About It.