SARAH DARLING CAME TO GIVE US A TOUCH OF CHRISTMAS AT ST.PANCRAS OLD CHURCH
Sarah Darling treats us all to an early christmas present in this wonderfully intimate gig.
Sarah Darling is here to showcase her New Christmas album ‘WINTER WONDERLAND’ and bring us into a wonderland she did. A top three finalist on the E Channel show ‘The Entertainer’ Sarah proceeded to work in the country music scene and now a house hold name for those knowledgeable about their music.
Set in St Pancras Old Church, a working church by day and very intimate convert venue at night. Wonderful acoustics bouncing off the walls this was a lovely venue to be hosting such a night.
Dressed in a green sparkly dress that shone, Sarah came on stage and performed a set that was as wonderful and expressive as the Christmas season she was singing about.
Billed for an hour long set Sarah set off with a few Christmas songs from the album starting with the cheeky ‘Santa Baby’ with the same sass and confidence as Marilyn Monroe had when she sang the very same song, Sarah had us all looking to that chimney top to see santa was coming down that chimney pot tonight.
Secondly owing to her origins from Iowa, she tells us about being use to seeing snow around and how she spent many a Christmas enjoying it – which led to the song ‘White Christmas’ and onto her personal favourite on the album the classic ‘Winter Wonderland’.
Sarah then treated us to some of her own material. Shimmer was a beautiful song which gave us a demonstration of the power in Sarah’s voice. Diamonds owed to how beautiful things can be produced in unexpected places with time and pressure. Halley’s comet was a crowd favourite in which has also been streamed over a million times on Spotify (and more no doubt by time of writing), Sarah herself a star-gazer by confession, proceeded with her sweet tone and lyrics that will connect to any listener.
‘Where Cowboys Ride’ is Sarah’s Love letter to Wyoming. The use of the instrumentation is traditional and is a fantastic country song, placing us in the Golden Fields and open skies among the Wyoming landscape.
So back into the Christmas spirit briefly we were taken with her version of Nat King Coles ‘The Christmas Song’.
‘River’ – A cover of Joni Mitchells song is one that has lived long in the memory for Sarah, having been sat at a piano, the age of four hearing this on the radio. Now emulating the singer with her own wonderful take, you can truly feel the emotion. Three more songs saw us to the end in ‘Wasted’,’Angel Wings; and Montmartre.
An audience on their feet to applaud, a truly intimate gig in front of approx 100 people. We had witnessed and not for the first time for some in the crowd a fabulous artist, amazing singer whose honesty and emotion shines through exuded by her encore of Silent Night.
Sarah returns to North London on March 5th 2018 at the Union Chapel.