Heidi Talbot at The Queen’s Hall was a welcome return to stage after a hiatus of a few years of one of the most gifted songwriters and unique voices around in contemporary Celtic influenced music.
Heidi Talbot's band for the show were John McCusker (violin, cittern, whistles), Innes White (guitar, mandolin), Toby Shaer (flute, whistles, harmonium), Sorren Maclean (electric and acoustic guitar), Toby Shippey (trumpet) and special guest Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow).
Heidi Talbot has a new album “Here We Go I, 2, 3” which was released on 23 September, and this show is part of that extensive national tour.
As you would expect then, some new songs from the album and some back catalogue material for this show as the evening opened with the title track from the new album “Here We Go I, 2, 3”. Other new songs including “The Willow Tree” and “A Stranger To Me” blended seamlessly in with older songs. A few of my favourites for the evening though – “Angels Without Wings” written with good friend Boo Hewerdine (who has also contributed songs to the new album) and the new “A Song For Rose (Will You Remember Me)”.
This show was a real celebration of music with material from John McCusker and Louis Abbott, and “The Loneliest” by Louis is just one of those sad but beautiful songs that stay with you for a long time after hearing them.
There was a genuine warmth between Heidi, the band, and the audience that made this show a little bit special, and of course the crystal clear acoustics that The Queen’s Hall has are just perfect for Heidi’s voice.
I am sure though that none of the talented musicians on stage will object when I say that the one who really stole this show was Heidi’s daughter Molly.
Review by Tom King