Rosalie Cunningham plus support from Bobbie Dazzle
Walking into the Night Owl tonight to a nice size crowd with the support band already on, and straight away our eyes catch sight of the vocalist dressed in a bright red one-piece catsuit. Bobbie Dazzle were really good, and the crowd loved their sometimes trippy but very catchy songs, which fitted in well as tonight’s support of Rosalie Cunningham. What was surprising is that when we did a little digging about, it shocked us to hear that this was only their second gig, which bodes well for the future, so keep an eye out for this talented group.
Now the enigmatic Ms Cunningham, who we have seen a few times over the years. For those not aware of her, she was the founder of Purson who quickly became quite big with their psychedelic retro sound, and then suddenly Rosalie shut the band down and walked away to embark on her solo career. It has been obvious from her first two albums that she doesn’t intend to cop out and go for any easier commercial success, no not Ms Cunningham and her very imaginative mind. Her first self-titled album showed which way she was heading, it was full of quirky, sometimes trippy tunes, and gained a lot of interest. Her second, ‘Two Piece Puzzle’, which incidentally appeared in several top hundred album releases end of year charts, has continued mostly in the same direction, and tonight her and her band were on fire.
This was the best I’ve seen her, with a rockier edge, bringing Rosalie’s highly imaginative songs to life the crowd were absolutely absorbed in this. Her vocals on point, especially her vibrato, which makes you think of Grace Slick. Rosalie mentioned that she had been working on a project that will be finished for early next year – this will be something to look forward to.
Photos by Geoff Griffe
Review by Jenny Griffe