We had a wonderful concert in 2012 by diminutive New Orleans legend Lillian Boutté, so we knew what to expect - and I need hardly say more than "she was every bit as good as last time"!
Not just Lillian, of course, but also her fabulous band. Denny Ilet Jnr (guitar), Dan Moore (piano), Andy Crowdy (bass) and Daisy Palmer (drums) are not just terrific musicians but quite clearly enjoy playing for Lillian as well, which makes a real difference to the audience experience too. This was a performance full of life and joy, thoroughly enjoyed by a capacity crowd in the church.
Much of the set was the same as last year, featuring old favourites like "Down by the Riverside" and "Joshua fit the battle", along with numbers that for me are now just so associated with Lillian - "If we ever needed the Lord before" and "He touched me" being two examples. But the beautiful ballad "He saw my need" was new to me and very moving, and by the time Lillian wound up the evening with "I'll fly away" the audience was well and truly in the palm of her hand and clapping along. Thanks to Lillian and the band, and to Michael Eagleton of Marlow Jazz Club for helping bring them to Marlow.
Click on any of the thumbnails
for a larger image