Natalie Duncan reveals the Devil In Me during upcoming 2012 shows
Acclaimed smokey blues-soul singer to showcase new album and support Daryl Hall, tickets on sale now
If you've scoured through the review pages in this month's Word magazine, you'll will have no doubt grinned at the reviewer's description of Natalie Duncan's voice. "Sweet muckiness..." sort-of says it all - Duncan's toasty tonsils suggest she's lived through a few New Orleans earthquakes and survived a famine, yet she hails from Nottingham, resides in London and cites Lauryn Hill and Elliot Smith as influences. Judging by the title track to new album 'The Devil In Me', she's been supping up the creative juices from all manner of great soul sisters such as Bette Wright, Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald, while her lyrical piano-trickery veers into Tori Amos, Erik Satie and James Rhodes territory - expressive, sultry and flamboyant.
All of which, when bundled together, makes Natalie Duncan a formidable prospect for the future. The album, released on stalwart jazz-soul label Verve, has been coaxed out of those young lungs by Joe Henry (who has worked with Raitt before, interestingly enough) and sessioned at Peter Gabriel's Real World complex, as well as Universal's own studios. The video extract in this article may just cause your nape hairs to kick and leap a little and we hold no responsibility for your actions. Except, that is, when reaching for some tickets to see her of course - we'd encourage that most strongly.
If you happen to live or be near Nottingham on Friday 6th July, she will be heading up From Notts With Love, a showcase of local singers at the city's Space venue (£8). Londoners have the choice of four venues in which to catch her, the first being Battersea's Mess and Music Hall on 8th July, followed by a big support slot for Daryl Hall at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 12th July. Tickets for the latter are still available, priced at £32.50, while you can also see her for a lot less as support to Nottingham's Liam Bailey at Cargo in Shoreditch - just £8 for that one. Finally, Duncan has a monthly residency looming at the Notting Hill Arts Club during the autumn - each No Quarter night costs under £10, a bargain.
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