|Hugh Cornwell and Hazel O'Connor|
The Arc, Stockton-on-Tees
Hazel O'Connor was on first, flanked by Sarah Fisher (keyboards) and Clare Hirst (saxophone). It's the first time I'd seen Hazel (although, of course, her music made an impression the first time around) and she has a very impressive stage presence - emotive, with a strong sense of humour.
The songs included the likes of Will You and Decadent Days from the Breaking Glass era interspersed with much more recent material, such as I Give You My Sunshine, a song written by Hazel for her terminally ill mother.
The trio's set lasted about an hour and left us wanting more. Hopefully they will tour again in 2015.
|Clare Hirst (former Belle Star!)|
Hugh certainly plays it for real. He hasn't lost his edge or integrity even after all these years.
We'd already had an encore and the show looked to be over but then both trios took to the stage once more for a collective rendition of Hanging Around, with Hazel on lead vocals.
Yes, another triumph for The Arc, who will have their work cut in 2015 to match this year's fine assortment of musical offerings.