Dona Oxford - April 22nd 2017
Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
22nd April 2017
The lady returned to the "new stge" (for South beach Sessions at any rate) at The Harbour Srts Centre in Irvine with her This is Soul Show and a superb new band.
The show offered a wonderful mic if sould, stax and motown and the two forty five minute sets plus encores went down a strom with the samll but perfectly foremd crowd.
Dona first took Ayrshire by storm as keyboard player two years ago for Albert Lee securing a standing ovation for her Boogie Woogie slot in the middle of the set. She returned with her own band in 2016 performing a range of soul, boogie woogie and gospel. Her return was welcomed warm;ly by the audience although we do wish more had been there to witness it. Strange howe it's easier to sell midweek tickets than weekend for gigs like this one! lessons to be learned.
However it was a great set and a host of wonderful highlights with maybe "I Want You Back" being mine. Greta vocals, wonderful keys and a superb young supporting band too. It was another great night of South beach Sessions live music but oh we need to share these with more people!
Photographs taken and copyright to Alistair Mulhearn