Gig Review: Eilen Jewell at Cecil Sharp House, London
For one fantastic evening, Eilen Jewell and her super-tight trio played to a packed house in London with self-penned songs from across her six-album output. She also added some fine covers from the likes of Arthur Alexander, Eric Andersen, Loretta Lynn and Them.
One undoubted highlight was a 10-minute 'UK twofer' where the band segued a lesser-known Them song with a barnstorming version of the Johnny Kidd classic “Shakin' All Over”. Jerry Miller's guitar solos were uplifting and spellbinding and had the Cecil Sharp House audience on their feet stamping their appreciation.
Jewell and her band cannot be simply categorised as Country or Americana. Their music draws from the finest across the musical spectrum and the sprinkling of songs from her new album Queen of the Minor Key confirm Jewell as being in the forefront of today's crop of singer/songwriters. She also has a sharp, dry wit with which she teases and caresses her audiences into willing submission and appreciation.
A memorable live outing in Camden Town. Minor key? Major talent!