Stevie Wonder’s Song Party. Live at BST Hyde Park *****

JULY 7, 2019 Stevie Wonder gave an emotionally-charged performance to 65,000 people at London’s Hyde Park as part of the of theBarclaycard presents British Summer Time programme. Escorted to the stage to the by two of his six backing singers, Stevie appeared emotional. He was to explain the reason for this at the end of the show. What followed was two hours of Stevie magic. As If You Read My Mind from his 1980 album Hotter Than July opened the show with power and funk to die for. Master Blaster from the same album led into a heavy funk version of Higher Ground. The funk turned to Latin groove … Continue reading Stevie Wonder’s Song Party. Live at BST Hyde Park *****

Stevie Wonder Tells Fans at BST Hyde Park Last Night That He’s To Have a Kidney Transplant.

JULY 7, 2019 At the end of Saturday’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time show, Stevie Wonder announced, “I’m going to be doing three shows then taking a break. So, what’s going to happen is this, I’m going to have surgery. I’m going to have a kidney transplant, at the end of September this year. I’m all good, I’m all good, I’m all good. I have a donor, it’s all good. I want you to know I came here to give you my love and to thank you for your love. You ain’t gotta hear no rumours about nothing, I told you what’s up, … Continue reading Stevie Wonder Tells Fans at BST Hyde Park Last Night That He’s To Have a Kidney Transplant.

Corinne Bailey Rae. Live at BST Hyde Park *****

JULY 9, 2019 Corinne Bailey Rae brought sunshine on a sunny day to Hyde Park, with her versatile blend of jazz-tinged soul. Accompanied by keyboards, guitar and drums, she opened with Been To The Moon and Closer before a Bob Marley cover of Is This Love showed her warmth and soul. The bouncy Paris Nights/New York Mornings exemplifies her unique style, delicate soul-filled vocals over a dreamy soundscape background, augmented by the giant video screen behind her showing sweeping barren landscapes. “Seeing as we’re on before Stevie [Wonder] we wanted to play one of his songs for you” preceded a funky version of Love Having You Around from his Music Of My Mind album. … Continue reading Corinne Bailey Rae. Live at BST Hyde Park *****

Lionel Richie – Live at BST Hyde Park ****

JULY 7, 2019 Lionel Richie looks good for 70. Lionel Richie looks good full stop. As an audience member who had seen Lionel 25 times put it before the show: “You know what you’re going to get with Lionel, he always delivers.” And deliver he did. Hit after hit. Singalong after singalong. All set long. Three Lionel sparkly jackets’ worth (an orange bomber jacket to start, then purple and finally a brilliant white). Opening with Running With The Night Richie urged the crowd to singalong to every song, and many of them did. He turned to the piano for Easy and he makes it look precisely … Continue reading Lionel Richie – Live at BST Hyde Park ****

The Wandering Hearts – Live at Black Deer Festival ****

JULY 9, 2019 The Wandering Hearts have become a familiar feature on UK country festival schedules. Having played the inaugural Black Deer Festival the group were invited back and this year were upgraded to a main stage slot. AJ, Chess and Tara were joined by guitar, bass and drums to provide a lively set of strong material that went down a treat in the afternoon sun. The relatively recent addition of a drummer lends punch and weight to the trio‘s trademark harmonies. Kicking off a 13-track set was Fire & Water. Heartbreak Hotel kept the momentum and Wish I Could provided a catchy pop element. … Continue reading The Wandering Hearts – Live at Black Deer Festival ****