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    Posted: July 22 2005 at 8:47am
I finally caught Madeline in Europe last week, at the
Vitoria jazz festival in Spain. For those that are
interested, there are really only two decent Jazz
festivals here and both are in the Basque country.
The second one is in San Sebastian in October,

I hate to report but the performance really was
lacklustre, as one critic put it was though she was
apologising for being on stage. She barely spoke, at
least in audible tones and hid the whole time behind
her guitar and looked very uncomfortable. The
Spanish do generally prefer their performers
passionate (this is the country of flamenco after all)
but I don’t think that was the problem. The main
problem was that it was a large venue and she was
supporting Jaime Cullum who is, whatever else you
want say about him, an incredible showman.

The point of this is just to say that her promoters are
doing her no favors by booking her these large
venues and as a support act to stars like Cullum.
Smaller, more intimate venues are obviously more
suited to her style. As a result she received bad to
tepid reviews in a country that is just getting to know

She did get a big round of applause when she sang
in French though (the Basque country borders on

Anybody else seen her at any of the festivals this

Saludos! Baranroma

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  Quote Sebastian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 25 2005 at 4:23pm

I have been a committed Peyroux fan since Dreamland - was lucky
enough to see Madeleine perform live when touring Live years ago and
now have been able to catch her twice in the last year once in Paris late
last year and again a couple of weeks ago at the Parc Floral at the Paris
Jazz Festival. She was sublime both times!

What for some may be "lacklustre" for me is just pure and simple music
delivered in the most eloquent and direct manner that reaches out and
communicates with a tangible intimacy. No gimmic, no flashing lights,
no sythentic overtures - just the most the heart renching vocals backed
by fabulous muscianship.

I can appreciate that perhaps for a vibrant basque community, the
showmanship of Jamie Cullum is better received. However, for me the
lack of affectation, the focus on the music, the understatement of
Madeliene's performance is what is so appealing and compelling. It is all
about the music.

I guess if you go to one of Madeleine's performance's expecting a SHOW -
you could risk disappointment. If what you want is great music and rare
and captivating vocals - you will surely not be disappointed.

In Paris just a week or so ago Madeleine the arena was packed, the
audience totally attentive, she received a standing ovation and was called
back for two encores. A really great performance which I feel privileged
to have seen !   Thanks Madeleine.

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