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Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones

Teddy Thompson a few years back

Teddy Thompson a few years back

Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones

at Norwich Playhouse as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2016.

Review published in the Eastern Daily Press, 18 May 2016

When two outstandingly talented, versatile and personable singer-songwriters
join forces, the result is spectacular.

In Englishman Teddy Thompson, with his folk, country, rock-grounded voice
and American Kelly Jones with her unique vocals of many shades, we have a
formidable pairing.

In that same top league occupied by the Alison Krauss and Robert Plant
partnership, this pair presented mainly their own songs in perfect,
all-encompassing harmonies affording us an intimate sharing of relationships,
heartbreaks and life.

Sometimes dueting together, occasionally solo and sometimes backed by a
four-piece band of rich musical giftings, Thompson and Jones’ mix of country,
folk, rock, alt-country and pleasant personal musings between songs made a
rivetting night out.

Support came from Sunny Ozell who added yet more musical strands to the kaleidoscope of genres. After one 12-bar blues sequence she summed it up with, ‘such a tight structure, but such profundity.’

All that foot-tapping, smiling, reflective and beautiful harmony and variety was an inspiration and epitomised what this festival is all about.

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