Lorna Reid was very obviously in the comfort of familiar surroundings in The Jazz Bar tonight as we listened to an hour long set of standards and original material from her.

With David Series on guitar and John Allan on acoustic bass, the evening started with that classic song “All of Me” (and title of this show).  Other classics tonight included “You Go To My Head” (Billie Holiday), “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” and “Secret Love”.

I have to admit though that tonight it was nice to see Lorna Reid performing more of her own original work as she is rapidly growing in strength and confidence as a song writer. 

Lorna Reid is a great interpreter of classic Jazz and Blues songs, but is also an artist with a growing portfolio of original songs such as “My Hotel Wrecking Days Are Over” and “Sacrifice Me” already in the song-book for performing and new songs such as “Searching For The Truth In My Heart” and “Still Waters” getting their performance premiers tonight.  It was also nice to hear a great performance of a song called “My Anchor” which Lorna co-wrote with Boo Hewardine.  This song deserves to become a standard and covered by many people in the future...some of the other self-penned compositions have that promise too.

The nice thing about the original songs in this show are that they take you down a slightly different musical road from the jazz and blues standards and provide a balance to a performer who can work with ease in different musical styles.

I have seen Lorna Reid perform in a variety of venues over the past year or so, and The Jazz Bar is so obviously the one that is for the moment “home”.  That may change a bit soon though if the original songs keep developing at the pace they are.

If you are reading this review in time, there is still a show on Wednesday 26th August. Being able to interpret classic songs well is one thing, but being able to write and develop your own material is a completely different route to take.  A great cover song may last you a lifetime, but the publishing and performance rights on an original piece of work last even longer.

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Review by

Tom King

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