Paloma injects natural charm into a show with theatrical edge
It was a night of two very different and rewarding halves.
Blossoming young Manchester songstress Josephine came armed only with acoustic guitar and plugged-in sidekick, her strong, rich, mature tones delivering a set of songs from her recently released album debut, Portrait.
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A certain star of the future, her short opening set was a delight, its strength in her beautiful and honest writing and the modest simplicity of her delivery.
By total contrast, Paloma's performance was a glittering moreish melee of theatrics, joyful community singing and charming down-to-earth banter.
With her eight-piece band in place, Paloma's off-stage spoken introduction heralded her arrival, teetering in on impossibly high heels, decked out in long, spangly nude skirt, matching pussycat-eared head-dress and a demure navy satin blouse.
"I know we're in Devon because I have received quite a lot of scones and cream cakes," she giggled in her misleading little-girl speaking voice, before proceeding to belt out a sensational set in the big bold tones of a grown woman.
It was bursting with gems from the second album Fall To Grace. But my favourites were from the debut LP that captured my heart – Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful. Stone Cold Sober, the title track, and the lively Upside Down, which led into the epic heartbreak of New York. Paloma dropped down into the photo pit to greet her fans, planting a kiss on the cheek of the security man as he lifted her back up. There was a stunning Etta James cover and a grand finale, ending on new single Black and Blue in a snowstorm of glitter. Magic.