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Review: Mari Wilson at London's Crazy Coqs

She was just what we always wanted...

Sitting amongst the dim candle light of The Crazy Coqs jazz bar you’d be surprised to think the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus is just a stones throw away.

Quick off her nationwide tour playing Dusty Springfield, Mari Wilson performed to a packed house at the Brasserie Zédel on Tuesday night. Along with a pinch of Dusty, Wilson also performed a variety of cover songs and her own hits including the classics I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten, Spooky and Cry Me a River.

Standing alone on a stage, just the pianist John G Smith to keep her company, not a single face was left disappointed. Thirty years since she recorded Just What I Always Wanted, Wilson showed us that the fire still burns bright.

Between songs with a soft voice she entertains the crowd, joking about how getting old affects what she wears. When she talks we see Mari on the stage, yet with a melody in the air her voice transports you away as she embodies the character in her songs.

The highlight of the night came with her rendition of The Ronettes’ Be My Baby that had the crowd singing along. For a smooth evening with just a hint of theatricality and the perfect entertainment, Mari Wilson is one you really shouldn’t miss.

Mari is performing at The Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zédel, Piccadilly, London until 12 July. Tickets £20 each available online on the website or by calling 020 7734 4888.

Make sure you check out our interview with Mari Wilson here.

Words Harry Dean, @harrydeansays

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