Concert Review – Enchante

Concert Review – Enchante – Lichfield Guildhall January 2016

Review and Photography by Ben Macnair

With a sizable and appreciative audience, a set-list of fine original material, and some choice covers, impeccable musicianship, and a hugely sympathetic acoustic room in the Guildhall, Enchante retired with some style during their last ever performance on Friday 20th January.

The four piece of singer, songwriter and guitarist Jocelyne Thompson, classical guitarist Ron Thomas, double bassist Nick Thompson and Accordionist Paul Strach bought to the Guildhall the atmosphere of Montmartre café society, with their romantic, accomplished musicianship, and Jocelyne’s easy on stage rapport with both the band and their audience.

Enchante at Lichfield Guildhall

The set included everything from songs by Leonard Cohen, and compositions by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt, to their songs, which ranged in subject matter from first love to the struggles of Dementia. The accordion of Paul Strach added a lot of atmosphere to the songs, blending perfectly with the melodic guitar parts, and the sure-footed bass playing.

Jazz standards such as Autumn Leaves blended seamlessly with more modern music, the high-light of which was the slow waltz of Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me To The End Of Love. A fitting original for the occasion, The Last Show looked at the lives of performing artists, whilst the lively Farmer Boy, was a reminiscence about First Love.

Enchante at Lichfield Guildhall

The musical talents of the band were shown to full effect during Django Reinhardt’s Tears, a masterclass in guitar-playing, with fitting, sympathetic accordion and bass, whilst the inevitable set closer of Edith Piaf’s Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien bought the house to their feet. Most bands don’t get the chance to see goodbye in this way it was fitting that an ensemble of Enchante’s pedigree did.

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