Mari Wilson brought her eight-piece soul review to Guildford’s Electric Theatre. Introduced as “the Neasden Queen of Soul”, Wilson’s music is steeped in the blue-eyed ballads of Bacharach and David, made famous by the likes of Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick and Petula Clarke.
The audience of a certain age lapped up the selection of 1960s standards including Anyone Who Had A Heart and I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.
The band comprised of saxophone, trumpet, bass, guitar, drums and keyboards. The two backing vocalists were too quiet in the sound mix which was unfortunate.
As befitting someone who starred in the musical “Dusty” Wilson covered several songs by Springfield including Am I The Same Girl.
The beautiful Moon and Back is a lullaby Wilson wrote for an American TV Show. The standout track of the show was Cry Me A River. Two Beatles’ tracks got the funky treatment, You Can’t Do That and Got To Get You Into My Life with the Earth Wind and Fire version.
Wilson’s big hit Just What I Always Wanted closed the show and she returned for a rousing encore of the Fontella Bass classic Rescue Me.