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  • Review by Kaylene from Mt Samson.
  • Tuesday, 16 December 2014
  • Joan Armatrading Best Seats Reviews

    We sent a few lucky winners to Joan Armatarding's last major world tour, here are their reviews!

    I was lucky enough to win two free tickets to see Joan Armatrading's solo show in the Concert Hall at QPAC last night. My husband and I went along unsure of what to expect as we only really knew about three of her songs. We were not disappointed !

    She is a truly talented artist and musician. To hold the audience spellbound whilst on stage alone with her three guitars and piano is quite a feat and she did it with such genuine passion and love of her music. Her skill on the guitars was most impressive. Joan has a great sense of humour and talked to the audience in between songs and also provided a small slide show of photographs from her early days starting out and talked us through the many highlights of her career one of them being a private meeting with Nelson Mandela.

    Whilst we loved hearing her big hits Drop the Pilot and Me Myself I , we really enjoyed the songs that were not so familiar to us which I guess shows her real talent. It was no surprise when she received a standing ovation for the encore.

    Thank you 612 ABC Brisbane for giving us the opportunity to enjoy a great evening out !!

    Joan Aramtrading Review by Lindy from Jacobs Well

    Being familiar with Joan Armatrading's songs, and enjoying a few favourites over the years, did not prepare me for what was billed as 'a very special solo evening with Joan Armatrading'.

    It was indeed! Dressed simply in black, Joan stood alone on the stage, changing from 6 string to 12 string electric guitars to accompany each song (with a few numbers at the piano as well) and belted out all our old favourites. The audience, which was mostly of a 'certain' age that we fitted right into, could not contain their emotions. They yelled, clapped, stood and sang along with every number. Joan let them take over completely during 'Willow', and the chorus wasn't bad at all. As Joan has stated this will be her last tour, the performance was broken by a little reminiscencing about her career. A slide show was screened which featured Joan performing with the likes of Elton John and Paul McCartney, etc.

    Before the show had started an announcement on screen had told us that parts of the show had been prerecorded. This took nothing from the performance - merely adding a little depth to the accompaniment. At one point the mechanics of this let us down, but after a few exchanges between Joan and the technicians, she decided to get on with it on her own. A spirited encore followed, and sadly the show was over.

    Joan Armatrading Review by Paul from North Toowoomba
    A life lived true can rarely be encapsulated in a little more than 90 minutes. But with a few guitars, an electric piano, and a video projector Joan Armatrading made it happen for her farewell concert at QPAC on Sunday night. Delivering a mixture of verse, music, history and humour she succeeded in bookending over 40 years of public artistic expression, the significance of which will only be truly recognised long from now.


    Armatrading's evocative, moving lyrics and melodic, memorable music were skillfully delivered, demonstrating the reasons for her public popularity. However her humble recount of her extraordinary life told in words and pictures left no doubt that she is not just a performer but also a philosophical artiste who the good and the great have understood, supported and turned to. This was not a concert, it was an inspiration.

    Sue from Mt Gravatt East's Home Review of Joan Armatrading

    Joan Armatrading has a policy of using local talent for support at all her shows & giving them a leg up. The concert opened with a suitable singer songwriter act - Creature Kind. Good heartfelt songs with excellent singing & harmonies.

    The highlight of their set was "We Cry" This is a song from the soundtrack of a documentary on JC Denim and Destiny Rescue - 2 projects involved in creating sustainable work for victims of sex trafficking in Cambodia, hand making quality jeans. Look for "We Cry" by David Baker - a charity single (find it on itunes) with all profits going directly to the JC denim project.

    Joan Armatrading had us captivated from walking on stage, talking & joking to us as old friends. It was a packed house of fans from all generations. No-one has better banter, very witty. She started with a song from her first album & played classics from through the years, album tracks & the familiar singles, songs you know from the jukebox or the radio. She played acoustic & electric guitars or piano under her flawless voice. Subtle apt visuals were showing on the background screen.

    Halfway through her set, she showed us a collection of photos from her 40+ year long career, from the 70s to now, telling stories of highlights & memories. She teased us that tonight she wouldn't be playing "Love & Affection" (most peoples' favourite) & resumed playing.

    Through the set we heard all the familiar songs - "Drop The Pilot", "Me , Myself,I", "Down to Zero", "All the Way from America" & of course - "Love & Affection".

    She played solo but didn't need a band & the songs were strong stripped back. A few songs dropped in some pre-recorded clips of familiar strings, sax or organ in the background. The songs are all in her own unique style, a clichfree zone in structure & lyrics. She is a great under-rated guitarist too. She strums rich & unusual chord sequences but can also shred viciously, pick delicately or play jazzy.

    In the encore, there was a technical hitch. Her keyboard sounds were software driven, to emulate the original sounds from the records. The computer must have crashed but she handled it well & it didn't spoil the show. She finished with a singalong choir version of "Willow" & was gone.

    A classic gig by a genius of her craft.

    The sound mix was perfect for both acts. Vision was clear from every seat. QPAC is a great venue with fantastic engineers & staff.

    Joan Armatrading Review by Robert from The Grange

    Joan Armatrading gave an amazing solo performance at QPAC last night as the Brisbane leg of her "Last World Tour". She opened with "City Girl" from her very first album way back in 1972, and then took us with her on a retrospective of her long career, reminding us of her musical versatility with selections from her vast repertoire, old and new, from blues, jazz, classic anthems, rock, and heartfelt ballads; accompanying herself on electric and acoustic guitars and piano. Though now 64, she soon showed that her unique voice and musicianship were as strong as ever. There were so many highlights, but if I had to name just one, it would be her moving, piano accompanied "In These Times", made all the more powerful through the addition of projected images (used to great effect throughout the show).

    From when she first walked out onto the stage, she connected with her audience. Her relaxed presence, with frequent self-deprecating humour, was quite a contrast to the shy performer I first saw over 30 years ago. This confidence comes from earning a most significant place amongst the best singer-songwriters over more than 40 years. Halfway through the show, still delivered in her own humble way, she gave a 'slide show' as a reminder of the long and stellar career she has had; dropping names and sharing pictures of her with everyone from Sir Paul and Sir Elton to the late Nelson Mandela himself!

    She finished strongly, with a collection of her best known hits, starting with the timeless "Love and Affection" (despite having joked earlier about dropping it from her set list), "Rosie", and her mega-hit "Drop the Pilot". She finally encored with "Willow". Though this last song was beset with technical hitches, she managed, with her inimitable style and humour, to turn that too, into an incredible finale.

    Whilst she did not actually perform her classic "Show Some Emotion" last night, she showed us heaps of that emotion and passion in spades. Nobody would have left the Concert Hall disappointed. Joan, you are a treasure!