Review: Hazel O’Connor, Apex in Bury St Edmunds, December 1

Hazel O'Connor and her band. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Hazel O'Connor and her band. Photo: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

1980s idol Hazel O’Connor rolled back the years as she linked up with two of her closest musical friends and her brother.

The five-piece band, which included Hazel’s brother Neil on guitar, plus Sarah Fisher on keyboards and Clare Hirst on saxophone, performed a 23-strong dynamic set which included songs from her “Breaking Glass” and “Cover Plus” albums.

And she added some of her own cover versions which featured Nina Simone’s “Do What You’ve Gotta Do”, The Stranglers “Hangin Around”and a spine-chilling version of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” which was bursting full of classic vocal harmonies.

Hazel became an overnight sensation after her BAFTA nominated portrayal of Kate in the 1980 smash hit film “Breaking Glass” and the 62-year-old’s near two-hour performance contained a huge variety of her songs which included “Will You”, “Monsters in Disguise”, the poignant “I’ll Give You My Sunshine” and “That’s Life”.

And she even found time after the show to chat with fans in the foyer of the Apex.

• Read the full interview with Hazel O’Connor here.

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