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Caro Emerald: Emerald Island Tour

April 28th 2017 | Ipswich Regent | Gigs

Words: Nic Bull | Photo: Phil Stewart

The magnificent Caro Emerald brought her unique jazz/electro swing sound to the delightful Regent Theatre in Ipswich last night, to promote her new ‘Emerald Island’ EP.

Caro was supported by Israeli musician, Irit Dekel, who held the stage with her obvious love of jazz and contemporary folk. With her tuneful and elegant vocals, she set the scene perfectly for Caro.

Once the main show began, the stage was transformed: decked out in Hawaiian theme, clever lighting created palm trees and other tropical island scenery. Caro’s live band opened up with a musical interlude from her new EP entitled ‘The Dark’, before the lady herself came bouncing onto the stage to begin her set with ‘Riviera Life’. She continued the upbeat tempo with further well-known songs ’Back It Up’ and ’Tangled Up’. Looking relaxed and at home on stage, she was clearly enjoying every minute, genuinely having fun with her superb, talented live band.  Following tracks ‘The Maestro’, ‘Stuck’ and ‘Dr Wanna Do’, Caro exited the stage leaving the band to play instrumental track ‘Tahitian Flies’.

Caro returned to the stage, looking elegant and charming in a change of outfit, to delight the audience with some slower more melodic tracks from the Emerald Island EP, ‘Tahitian Skies’ and ‘Ghost Of You’. These perfectly showcased her beautifully smooth and tuneful voice, proving that her new songs have as much charm and character as her already popular work. She continued with another lesser known, but catchy track ‘Quicksand’ before another instrumental track, ‘Caravan’, and another change of outfit for Caro.

Still looking fresh as a daisy, with her contagious smile reaching out across the auditorium, Caro returned with a mix of old and new songs. Beginning this third set with ‘Never Ever’ from the new EP, moving through classics ‘Absolutely Me’, ‘You Don’t Love Me’ and ‘Just One Dance’. The vivacious songstress appealed to the audience to get up and dance as she launched, with new energy, into ‘Liquid Lunch’ and her always-popular first single ‘That Man’.

Caro and her band left the stage to audible cheers and whoops, with plenty of applause from the delighted audience. Leaving a lengthy pause before returning for an encore, they managed to create an atmosphere of “will they, won’t they?”

Of course they did return, much to everyone’s relief.  The encore began gently with a fantastic cover of the Nat King Cole classic ‘Nature Boy’, more recently made famous by the film ‘Moulin Rouge’. ‘A Night Like This’ brought the pace back up a notch, leading perfectly to the final track, from her new EP, ‘Whatchugot’.

Caro interacted with the audience and her band members with natural ease, to create a fun and friendly atmosphere filled with contagious energy and enthusiasm.   Throughout the show, Caro showed her appreciation for her fellow musicians on stage, stepping back from the spotlight, giving them the opportunity to showcase their incredible talent.

Overall a hugely enjoyable evening, filled with the beautiful vocals and musical talent that is the magnificent Caro Emerald. Just one criticism comes to mind... Why is Caro not more famous?

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