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Live Music: Krystle Warren

The singer brings her haunting and soulful voice from Missouri to London

Krystle Warren
South Bank
Four stars

It's always a pleasure to hear an intimate musical performance in the Purcell Room at the South Bank. While it's a little on the swanky side, the room's acoustics remain one of the most impressive in London.

It's the perfect venue therefore to hear the haunting, soulful folk singer Krystle Warren - strumming all the way from Missouri.

Although she's minus her band, Warren doesn't need any props on stage - unless you count her electric and acoustic guitars as props - to impress her mesmerised audience (although she admits she finds us a bit too reserved for what she's used to) with tracks from her album of love and loss songs.

Her faultless smoky deep voice effortlessly glides through each song, hovering between jazz, soul, folk and funk - yes, it's a fusion that shouldn't work, but just does.

While her classy cover of Lennon's Jealous Guy easily rivals the original.

And just to add a cherry to this delicious cake, supporting Warren is the distinguished jazz singer-songwriter Gwyneth Herbert (above) - no stranger to Morning Star readers and jazz fans out there - treating the audience to songs from her album The Sea Cabinet, an enchanting collection of coastline-themed tracks, aided by an assorted range of various instruments. Herbert performs with musician and songwriter Fiona Bevan, a singer as equally as impressive.

Krystal Warren performs throughout Europe for the rest of September and October.

Do catch her if you can.

Indie Purcell


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