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Elkie Brooks: Lichfield Garrick Review

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Legendary Blues & Rock Singer Still In Great Voice
The legend that is Elkie Brooks superbly turned back the clock to remind her fans just what an outstanding singer she has been, and still is! 'The Elk' enjoyed a sell-out concert at the Lichfield Garrick theatre as part of her latest national tour. Elkie is rightly lauded as one of the most successful British female artists of all time with a string of hit singles, million selling albums and numerous music awards to her name. Elkie's regular live tours have always been well received by her fans, old and new, and this one proved to be no different.

Elkie Brooks
Elkie Brooks was in great voice on new UK tour

Elkie, who was backed by an impressive five-piece band, was in great form, and superb voice, from the very start. She certainly remains as wonderfully expressive and animated as in her early days singing with the band Vinegar Joe. She began this excellent concert with "He Could Have Been An Army" from her 1979 album Live And Learn, and quickly followed with familiar and still much-loved favourites including "Gasoline Alley", "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man", and "Warm And Tender Love", which she described as her favourite song from her 1981 Pearls album.

Elkie Brooks, Pearls
Elkie's best-selling 1981 album Pearls. Fair use,

Now in the sixth decade of her illustrious career, Elkie remarked that she has 57 lines on her face - one for every year she has been in the music business. Despite the passing years her powerful, husky voice remains undiminished as she reeled off a string of classic hits including "Fool (If You Think It's Over)", "Sunshine After The Rain", "Don't Cry Out Loud", "No More The Fool", "Pearl's a Singer", and the still brilliant "Lilac Wine". But there were plenty of other excellent songs in her repertoire, in particular a lovely rendition of "Make You Feel My Love", which was written by folk legend Bob Dylan and proved a recent hit for Adele.

Lichfield Garrick
Lichfield Garrick was sold out for Elkie Brooks

Rating: 9 out of 10

Forthcoming UK Tour Dates

April 29 LONDON Cadogan Hall

May 12 SOUTHAMPTON Concorde Club
May 19 FARNHAM The Maltings

June 10 SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion
June 16 BASINGSTOKE The Anvil
June 18 SALFORD The Lowry

July 02 BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
July 08 LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru
July 20 YORK Grand Opera House
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Why? Outstanding Elkie Brooks Still In Great Voice
When: 8 April 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets 26
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