Maddie Southorn

Live Review | The Salutation, Doncaster | Review by Allan Wilkinson

The guests at the Sal seem to get better and better and tonight was no exception, in fact I think the club probably peaked in terms of talent and value for money.  We saw a relaxed and assured performance from Maddie Southorn and her accompanist Janet Martin, a rather fine cellist, performing an even balance of material from her two albums – Unlikely Prom Queen and Pilgrim Soul – as well as one or two traditional songs and choice covers.  Maddie demonstrated just how good her voice is in it’s most purest form, that is in the two unaccompanied songs of the evening, Joni Mitchell’s “The Fiddle and the Drum” and the traditional “She Moves Through the Fair”, opening each of the two sets respectively.  Her own songs are rich in melody and lyrical content, sometimes whimsical but never predictable.  From “Snowman”, which could easily replace the one we suffer each Christmas by the Jones kid, to the heavily Kate Bush inspired “But Very Natural”, which proved above all that this songwriter belongs in the big league.  Maddie weaved some haunting melodies, making sure the audience didn’t second guess exactly where she would take the song next.  Her song of disenchanted relationships “Messiah” for example, perfectly suited the Dave Brubeckesque “Take Five” 5/4 structure.  Suffice it to say, it was a jolly good and unmissable evening.