Ulster Hall, Belfast
Introduced by Ava Astaire McKenzie
A musical tribute to Fred Astaire featuring the original film orchestrations and musical dance routines from Top Hat, Shall we dance and of course Puttin’ on the Ritz, with The Way You Look Tonight, Cheek to Cheek, Let’s Face the Music and Dance and Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.
Fred’s daughter, Ava Astaire McKenzie, joins the artists onstage and shares some memories of her father.
Late April 2010
Rachel writes – ‘Well I’m amused to read the sentence I wrote earlier this month saying the US trip would be ‘all within a week’. Because on the VERY day we sang at Carnegie Hall, the dear volcano did its stuff in Iceland, and the fun and games began!
All in all the extra time in New York amounted to a week. We did spend an entire day at JFK airport and a lot of time trying to get through to the airline on the phone. But then I guess there are much worse places to be ‘stranded’ than the isle of Manhattan! A trip to the Met, a Sondheim show, an Ephron play, a gig by Jeff Daniels and a concert at the Cosmopolitan Club later, I am home.’
early April 2010
Rachel writes – ‘Off to the USA to sing with Synergy Vocals at Disney Hall in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York. Super-quick trip, all within a week, but I’m looking forward to seeing Central Park in its spring finery…’
If you’d prefer actually to own a shiny CD, and to leaf through the album booklet and check out the artwork (which is pretty cool thanks to Greg Jakobek, designer of many of the albums of George Michael, amongst others), simply click here.
St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London
This concert will celebrate the life and music of the singer songwriter Judee Sill. She was a direct contemporary of Joni Mitchell and Carole King, toured with Graham Nash and David Crosby, and was the first artist to be signed to David Geffen’s Asylum label. Judee Sill died on 23rd November 1979 after a drug overdose.
For this concert at St Bride’s, various musicians will perform songs from Sill’s two albums Judee Sill and Heart Food, including her UK hit Jesus was a Cross Maker. Rachel will be singing that particular song, as well as half a dozen others. She’ll also play piano.
Proceeds from the evening will go to HopeUK, a charity offering drug awareness sessions to children, young people and their parents.