The Sage (Hall 2), Gateshead
This show saw the whole of the Porcelain album played in full, followed by a small selection of other popular songs.
Julia's highly distinctive voice was matched by the virtuosity of Grant Mitchell on piano, but this time there was a new addition to the personnel. Pav Chana had met Julia at the stage door after the show in Leeds and had told her Porcelain was the initial inspiration for him start playing percussion. In an extraordinary twist, he was invited to join the show - with his percussion set - two days later - which is why he was here at The Sage. I've never known anything like that happen before.
Julia connected well with the audience. Noticing one or two vacant seats on the front row, she asked people from the balcony behind her to come down and fill the gaps, praising their bravery when some people actually did so.
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