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Shelby Lynne, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh | reviews, news & interviews

Shelby Lynne, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Shelby Lynne, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

A night of transformative power from country-soul siren

Shelby Lynne: When she sang, even the candles seemed to stop flickeringKam Martin

It may not be a particularly popular statement, but the financial black hole rapidly consuming the music industry undoubtedly has its fringe benefits. Five years ago Shelby Lynne would have toured the UK with a session band and played for perhaps 70 minutes. Last night, in the draughty deconsecrated church she immediately transformed into an intimate supper club, Lynne played for two hours with just a guitarist for company – and was spellbinding. Long may the pennies pinch.

It may not be a particularly popular statement, but the financial black hole rapidly consuming the music industry undoubtedly has its fringe benefits. Five years ago Shelby Lynne would have toured the UK with a session band and played for perhaps 70 minutes. Last night, in the draughty deconsecrated church she immediately transformed into an intimate supper club, Lynne played for two hours with just a guitarist for company – and was spellbinding. Long may the pennies pinch.

During a heartbreakingly still “If I Were Smart” even the candles seemed to stop flickering

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