REVIEW: Elkie Brooks - Lowther Pavilion, Lytham

Elkie Brooks live at Lowther Pavilion in Lytham.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'5-5-2013
Elkie Brooks live at Lowther Pavilion in Lytham. PIC BY ROB LOCK'5-5-2013
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Elkie Brooks rounded off a gloriously sunny Lytham Sunday with a spellbinding concert that underlined that old adage, that age really is just a number.

She’s 68 this year and more than three decades after Pearl’s a Singer turned her into a household name she’s on tour to promote her latest album, Powerless.

If ever there was a fitting testament to just how good she was, it’s this ... I bought it on the way out.

She saved the title track, along with a knockout Purple Rain and another classic, I Can’t Make You Love Me, to the end of her set which included not only such Elkie staples as Fool If You Think It’s Over, Sunshine After The Rain, Gasoline Alley and Don’t Cry Out Loud but a lot more all delivered in her trademark belt em out voice, still pitch perfect after all these years.

An old Perry Comp number, while perfectly executed, was far too dated for someone who’s holding back the years in every other respect.

It was the one and only number I’d have left out of a set that blended rock with country, a superb ringer for Jools Holland on keyboards and even a nod to Elvis style, backed by excellent musicians to create a night to remember for a close to capacity audience whose abject failure to join in was no reflection of the appreciation they were clearly sharing with each other on the way out.

Haidee Wilson