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Caro Emerald - York Barbican
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Such is the popularity of Caro Emerald is that she can play concerts in Harrogate and York within a few weeks and sell them both out. For years the Dutch singer's success was mainly in Europe but after support from Radio 2 that success was replicated in the UK.

Surprisingly this was her first gig in York. It is not just Emerald that makes the show an entertaining prospect - her talented 7 piece band are superb musicians in their own right. Whilst she leaves the stage for a costume change they took the audience through a journey to South America with a mix of swing, mambo, samba and Latin vibes.

Caro Emerald though always likes to make an entrance - on one occasion she appeared singing from one of the theatre boxes, tonight though the lights go up and there she is stood at the back of the stage, looking trimmer after after giving birth to a daughter last year.

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The stage is bathed in yellow replicating the Mediterranean sun as the show opens up with Riviera Life, the track is a breezy care free song and if you closed your eyes you could be in St Tropez just like in the lyric to the song.

It is easy to see her popularity as her songs are timeless though she debuts two new songs Wake Up Romeo and Mambo Shuffle, the latter where she rhymes Gin and Tonic with the word exotic - both which could be used to describe her music - exotic yet a perfect combination just like the aforementioned drink.

There is a trip to to a jazz club - The Emerald, though she has a knack of making the York Barbican feel more like a small jazz club than a 2,000 seated venue.

A cover of the Camila Cabello hit, Havana isn't as much of a surprise as the track lends itself to Emerald's style of music, nevertheless it gave the gig a fresh impetus.

The audience had been sat for the majority of the concert until the tempo moved up a gear with Back It Up, closely followed by Liquid Lunch and That Man, when the fans were up on their feet.

Her attempt to divide the audience in two to provide backing vocals to sing with her as she encored with A Night Like This could have easily backfired, but it gave the show a good interaction between her and the fans that ended a classy performance.

Caro Emerald - York Barbican, 6th November 2018, 12:11 PM