Gina Dootson

Live Review | The Red Shed, Wakefield | Review by Allan Wilkinson

Gina Dootson throws herself into her performance and gives 110%, even a good few months into pregnancy, hammering both her Gibson and Lowden guitars to withing an inch of their life, with such well crafted songs as “Dinner on Mars”, “Wrapped” and “Falling at Your Feet”.  The Red Shed was not full to the rafters as is usually the case (July is traditionally the time of year when the regulars go on their jollys), but it seemed packed nevertheless.  The enthusiastic audience rocked throughout Gina’s two sets, and during the more anthemic power ballads towards the end of the night.  No one got away with the ritual arm linking around the room, instigated by one or two of Gina’s more enthusiastic followers from Hartlepool.  Gina introduced a handful of new songs tonight as well as some well chosen material from her debut solo album 3am Generation.  There were one or two covers in there too, Tracy Chapman’s “Talking ‘Bout a Revolution, Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and of all things, Dylan’s “Blowing in the Wind” as an encore.  A good enjoyable night.