Review: Caro Emerald, City Hall.

Caro Emerald performing at the Sheffield City Hall
Caro Emerald performing at the Sheffield City Hall
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Caro Emerald

City Hall

This was the first date of a sell-out European tour and already the Dutch singer has another tour lined up for next year when she will be mainly playing arenas, including Leeds on March 15.

So with her star very much in the ascendancy, it was a treat to see the Dutch singer and her big band in the relatively intimate environment of the City Hall.

They filled it with a captivating show - a glamorous production that combined visuals and a heady cocktail of jazz, swing, Latin and pop brought up to date with a DJ scratching away in the background.

Caro Emerald can certainly sing, demonstrated on the likes of I Belong To You, which sounded tailor-made for a Bond film, and the final encore, a splendid reworking of Jacques Brel’s If You Walk Away.

It’s the joyous, infectious nature of the more upbeat songs, though, that make the two-hour set so irresistible and so much fun.

Back It Up, Liquid Lunch, Excuse My French, Dr Wanna Do and That Man raise the temperature ready for the ultimate crowd pleaser of A Night Like This, which effectively launched Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw’s UK career on Radio 2.

The band, including an excellent three-piece brass section, are with her every step of the way and the City Hall audience is on its feet for the party.

After only two albums, there will surely be no stopping The Shocking Miss Emerald.

Peter Kay

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1On the heels of having her single, Missin’ a Man, playlisted at BBC Radio 2, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Jenn Bostic has announced 11 UK dates, including the Greystones on December 4. Also announced for The Greystones is Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre on October 4 to promote the release of his fourth album.