Review: Mari Wilson at The Spring, Havant

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David Cassidy pictured in 2008. Picture: PA

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Now don’t get me wrong. I think Adele, Rihanna, Lily Allen et al have earned their place in music history.

But for iconic immortality, you can’t beat that special breed of British female singers who graced the 1960s. So how wonderful to see their greatness lauded by Neasden’s queen of soul.

Mari Wilson may long ago have lost her fabulous beehive, but not so her captivating voice

Mari Wilson may long ago have lost her fabulous beehive, but not so her captivating voice.

She thrilled the audience at The Spring with her tribute to the likes of Dusty, Cilla, Petula and Sandie (such is their standing that surnames would be superfluous).

As she rightly told us, she’s not a simple tribute act. Her renditions of classics like I Only Want To Be With You (slower and more lilting than Dusty) and You’re My World (a lot zappier and up-tempo than Cilla) are her own interpretations, just as her haunting rendition of 24 Hours from Tulsa.

So her tribute is a homage to great songs by great stars, delivered with charm and no little infectious humour (still giggling at the reference to the Kay Cole screen credit).

And of course, she has her own repertoire. So though probably a thousand reviewers have made the same point about her performance, it simply has to be said again: It was without a shadow of doubt Just What I’d Always Wanted.

Great songs, great singer, great show.