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Joan Armatrading at Barbican

Published at 12:01AM, March 31 2015 It was an evening of fond farewells as Joan Armatrading welcomed us to the 120th nightof her “last major world tour”. First to go was her technical assistant, sacked after thefirst number for deserting her post at the side of the stage. Only a joke it seemed,although delivered by the star with a deadpan menace that made it difficult to be certain. After this slightly awkward start, Armatrading, 64,was charm personified as she took offon a one-woman voyage around her career. Accompanying herself on 6-string and12-string guitars and keyboards, she applied her warm, husky…