The Arc, Stockton-on-Tees
Julia Fordham's UK tour has been selling out at most venues. The Arc, as usual, had their finger on the pulse and brought another quality act to Teesside.
The tour repertoire consists primarily of material from the new compilation album Under The Rainbow (essentially, all of the hits from the late 1980s onwards). Accompanied only by Grant Mitchell (not that one) on piano and augmented by a couple of duets with special guest Judith Owen, Julia treated us to a very intimate show, punctuated by friendly chats with the audience.
Revealing that her Mother is a Geordie, Julia was quickly steered away from extending the Newcastle boundaries southward by a plea to think of the audience as 'Smoggies'. It was to prove a recurring catchphrase throughout the evening.
The music had depth, the songs were moving and the voice assured and emotive. An impressive performance all round and another triumphant evening for The Arc.
Keep up to date with the latest news and tour dates over at the official Julia Fordham website.