Review of Friday night headliner, Sir Tom Jones on the Garden Stage at Belladrum, 8th of August, 2014.

"Bella received a touch of the vocal master at work"
“Bella received a touch of the vocal master at work”

Sir Tom Jones headlined Friday night’s Garden stage at Belladrum 2014 opening with a brilliant rock version of John Lee Hookers ‘Burning Hell’, his vocal presence and gravitas still defying his age!

Perhaps ,now, better known for his role on BBC’s ‘The Voice’, Bella received a touch of the vocal master at work who is now in his early seventies and described as ‘the ‘Elder Statesman of Pop’.

A dynamic audio visual stage backdrop dazzled the audience whilst the vocals amazed and inspired! The impressive band line up supported the eclectic musical arrangements giving a slick, professional show.

Sir Tom engaged the audience whilst singing for his own enjoyment with soul and subtlety, turning on the high power and hitting those low notes WOW!

Classics were given a new twist – SexBomb with a jazzy bluesy swing feel; a deep throaty ‘Evil’ by Howlin’ Wolf originally recorded with Jack White in 2012; a soulful Delilah incorporating intricate Spanish/Mexican guitar work from Robbie McIntosh, followed by Leonard Cohen’s ‘Tower of Song’ delivered hauntingly and beautifully, portraying his vocal ability and artistry.

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“A dynamic audio visual stage backdrop dazzled the audience”

He gave us old songs and new, finishing with Thunderball and Kiss fully embraced by an enthusiastic crowd who had braved the rain to hear him!

My ‘Oh Yeah’ moments were the R&B covers and ‘The Tower of Song’.

As he announced a new album is on its way, look out for this seemingly immortal master vocalist’s new collection, singing songs from his beautiful soul!

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