Perhaps the evening’s highlight is, in fact, her version of Imagine, one of the best I’ve ever heard, sung with sincerity, conviction, and a sure feeling for climax.
There isn’t much patter between songs, and few instrumental sections within them, so the emphasis is very much on the songs and their lyrics, but the broad selection gives constant pleasure. The program could perhaps gain from some more original or out-of-the-way pieces, so it was refreshing to hear George Harrison’s Be Here Now (with a subtle Indian-type accompaniment) and Sting’s Fields of Gold. However, amongst the more familiar songs, the melody of her early hit Why Won’t You Explain? is as appealing as ever.
This slim, attractive figure has lost none of the warmth and accuracy which have always been her trademarks, and she remains a singer in whom an audience can place full and immediate confidence.
Capers Cabaret presents
Venue: The New Capers | Cnr of Burwood Rd and Power St, Hawthorn
Date: August 4
Bookings: 9819 1797 or www.caperscabaret.com.au