ADELE SONGBOOK – Review

The Adele Songbook  –  Katie Markham

A Fabulous show, Exceptional singing, and a repertoire of fantastic songs from the record breaking artist that is Adele.

Katie Markham  –  in case you haven’t heard of her is an previous X Factor contestant who just fell short of the judges houses. However without wanting to be known for that she has gone on to wow audiences across the country in her portrayal of Adele in this show Adele Songbook.

Hand-picked by Adele herself on Graham Norton’s BBC ADELE Special, the outstanding Katie Markham has the show-stopping voice and captivating charisma to deliver all your favourite Adele hits in an enthralling concert performance.

This day also happened to be the anniversary of the day that the album ’21’ was released which seemed quite fitting – myself and the wife even joked beforehand how Adele might make an appearance. Then mid concert Katie even mentioned that one time Adele said she would attend a performance which raised the hairs on my neck…could it be?! But alas no… The real Adele was not to be seen. However this didn’t matter as Katie Markham was just amazing and at many times through this show displayed her likeness to the global superstar through not only her look and sparkly dress but her amazing voice. I never knew i would meet someone who could match Adele for range until tonight.

The stage was in darkness to start with awaiting Katie’s arrival, a screen in the background reminding us of all of Adele’s achievements and age (which made me feel old!) Opening with the Hit Song ‘Hello’ what an introduction indeed. No better way to say hello, we were shown what the night was to produce. This opener set the standard that was to continue throughout. Katie sparkled quite literally, wearing a typical long black dress filled with sparkling diamonds. Her voice echoed through this venue which was perfect for the occasion.

A couple of songs in and round of applause’s later, we got to hear Katie address the audience. Katie welcomed us and on this occasion and throughout talked us through some of the songs about to be heard. The show echoed through all of Adele’s albums ’19’, ’21’ and ’25’ So you may be an avid fan who will have heard all of the songs sung or if you are fan like me who only knows of the hits then you are in for a treat listening to these other songs that may be lesser known to yourselves. Near the end of the first interval Katie incorporates audience participation with some clapping and singing along to the songs, this also continues throughout the second half too which is a nice touch to try and make this a more of a concert feel. After all Adele would be performing to crowds who would naturally sing back and along to hits at her concert, here Katie had the job of converting a theatre going audience normally suited to quietly watching a performance

Katie takes us through the show with high moments and slower moments. Taking us through the emotion that no doubt come with the thoughts when writing the songs. Standout songs other than ‘Hello’ for me were her renditions of Bob Dylan cover ‘Make you feel my Love’ and George Michaels ‘Fast Love’ and ‘Skyfall’. Katie sings hit after hit and when the power behind the voice kicks in she is truly mesmerising. Katie also sings the expected ‘Rolling in the deep’ (just when i thought it had been forgotten in this version of the show), ‘Chasing Pavements’, ‘Set fire to the rain’ and more.

Lets not forget although this is a tribute to Adele, Katie Markham does have her own distinctive voice albeit very similar to Adele in style and this is a good thing, She is not impersonating but rather singing it with her own voice. Knowing she has this incredible voice and range i would love to see Katie on the West End stage sometime as i think she could be made for it, but whether in the west end, or touring theatres in this production you are witnessing a star.To make her even more lovable too, as if that was possible Katie made time at the end to ensure she got to meet the fans and sign or takes pictures together which was a really nice touch.

I will also obviously mention her support in the show that help her along in her backing vocalists Mary Garbe and Natalie Smith who accompany Katie wonderfully. Johnny Briser on Drums, Drew Lowe  -Guitar, Mike Kenna -Bass Guitar and finally last but not least Liam Holmes who as well as Musical Director for the show supported on the Keyboard and wow what a keyboard player he is, Liam also got to show this off near the end of the show and left us all applauding his obvious musical talent!

I would 100 percent recommend seeing this show, but when you already have the recommendation of Adele herself you know you are about to witness a fab show and days later you will still be singing Adele like i have been!

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