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Review: This Is Christmas Gala, St James Studio Theatre

Photo Credit: Roger Thomas. All Rights Reserved

This is Christmas Gala
(St James Studio. December 7th 2012. Photographs by Roger Thomas / Words by Alison Bentley)

(Title Picture) Femi Temowo’s in another world, singing in Yoruba about his grandmother’s stories. His voice is soft and beguiling, and there’s so much modern jazz guitar inside the West African rhythms.

Photo Credit: Roger Thomas. All Rights Reserved

Eska scatting on Bye Bye Blackbird with Ella’s skill and humour and a superb powerful voice that pins you to your seat. Alex Wilson (out of picture) is swinging furiously on piano with Tim Thornton on bass and Tristan Banks on drums.

Photo Credit: Roger Thomas. All Rights Reserved

Route 66 sung with a huge sense of fun and theatre. (Clockwise starting left with purple jacket: Gwyneth Herbert, Alex Webb, Eska, Gwyn Jay Allen, Niamh McNally, Alexander Stewart. At the back on bass: Tim Thornton)

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