Vu Guide (November 2011)

Never The Bride Rock The Exchange

By VU Guide

Having seen Never The Bride several times in Bristol I knew that we were in for a great evening. It was our first visit to this community funded venue in Sturminster Newton and at first it didn’t seem like an obvious choice of venue. Sturminster Newton is a small town and I wasn’t sure whether it was the most appropriate place for a Never the Bride gig. I was proved wrong though and on entering the main hall it reminded me of a smaller Colston Hall. The acoustics were fantastic and it felt very intimate. The Exchange has recently won the coveted title of “Best UK small live venue” by Rock the House and it is well deserved.

Nikki Lamborn wasted no time in warming up the crowd and after a short introduction proceeded to belt out the opening song. Never The Bride have been described as rock music’s best kept secret and it is easy to see why. Nikki’s voice has the audience mesmerised from the very first song. Couple this with the extraordinary musical talent of Catherine Feeney (Been) and the result is a faultless performance.

Nikki has a great connection with her audience, taking the time between songs to share funny anecdotes and talk to individual audience members. She says that she talks too much, but I find this endearing and with the loyal fanbase that they have accued over the years obviously feel the same. The band take the time to sing happy birthday to a familiar fan and share their trademark hip flask of tequila with the entire audience. One young fan event presents them with a bottle of tequila along with a song request.

A highlight of the night was the performance of “The Living Tree“, this song was written by Nikki and Catherine for the 2002 album ‘Surprise’. In 2007 it was a top 40 hit for Dame Shirley Bassey. This is an amazing song that never fails to get an audience on it’s feet. Another highlight was the soulful ‘Loser in Love’. Nikki is a vocal powerhouse and puts 100% of herself into every performance making every gig a completely different experience. Never the Bride are not to be missed, there is a very good reason why I keep going back for more.

 
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    Egla Picolita: A breath of fresh air - i am so ready to come and see you girls!!! Nikki, some time next month - i promise ;D I'll bring my own tequila for ...
    ffffcrazy: Thanks for Never The Bride, great vocals right up there with Beth Hart...
    Never The Bride: Bless yer wee heart Mel. The Album title will be announced a week or two before it come out, Watch This Space to see if you were right!! x...
    Mel Calam: Nikki, Been and the Band, Another stonking night at The Half Moon last Fri, fab song set. Based on the last song Whole Lotta Love i'm going...
    Andy: Thanks Nikki And Cathrine And all the band for another amazing Friday night at the half moon. You were all incredible and Will Wilde was fan...
    Nick Howe: Hello Nikki and Catherine Greetings from Florida - Thank you so so much for humoring an old boy while stuck in a hospital recovering from ...
    Lindsay Baker: Saturday night st the Fleece was pretty goddamed amazing. Will try to get to Ilminster, take care ladies. Love Linz & Eileen xxxx...
    Jamie: Great night on Saturday at The Fleece Bristol Nikki and her band played a blinding set. Nikki Lamborn I loved your version of Stay with me b...
    Mush: Great weekend with great friends... Fantastic music from Never The Bride Nikki Lamborn Catherine Feeney Maggie Collins really needed the bre...
    Pat MacDonald: Everyone that comes to my house is treated to NTB's rendition of Going To California. Rarely do I love the cover over the original. But in...
    Never The Bride: YEAAAAAY! FANTASTIC!! Get your tickets in advance Lindsay!! Nikki & Been x...
    Lindsay Baker: We're going to drive up after work from Paignton on Saturday to see you at the Fleece. Look forward to seeing you both. We could do ...
    Stacey Jane Donohoe: Shared on Facebook.. Listen to this woman I had the pleasure of performing with on Sunday!! This is my new fave song and Officially my new f...
    Giancarlo Massaro: "ciaaaaaaaaaaaooooo Nikki Lamborn|! we miss you! :D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjUU0eLwV0M qui scatenata con l'altra MAI sposa grande v...
    kirstine george: Great seeing you at Lfest this weekend ladies you rocked! Looking forward to seeing you at the fleece in august, love it when your back in t...
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    Never The Bride had lots of fun recording with legendary Dame Shirley Bassey!



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