Christchurch Mail - - OUT & ABOUT -

A con­cert on Satur­day ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of Di­ana, Princess of Wales, evokes a se­ries of strange co­in­ci­dences for lead per­former Is­abella Miller Bell.

It fea­tures Scot­tish born Celtic soul blues singer song­writer pro­ducer Miller Bell aka Ma Bell, ac­com­pa­nied by a line up of Cantabrian jazz greats with Bob Heinz on gui­tar, John Bevin, pi­ano, Mike Kime, bass and spe­cial guest Reuben Der­rick on sax­o­phone and clar­inet.

On Aug 31 1997 at the Great Hall, Miller Bell was pre­sent­ing the Bil­lie Hol­l­i­day trib­ute, The Lady sings the Blues.

‘‘I sang the song Gloomy Sun­day, it was last in the pro­gramme, when the doors of the Great Hall opened at 4.30pm. The first per­son through an­nounced that Princess Di­ana had been killed.’’

Miller Bell helped or­gan­ise with the city coun­cil a can­dle­light memo­rial ser­vice the fol­low­ing week out­side Christ Church Cathe­dral.

Five years later she pre­sented a the­atri­cal mu­sic pro­duc­tion, Re­mem­ber­ing Di­ana, which in­cluded the best Christchurch Celtic and jazz and blues mu­si­cians in def­er­ence to Di­ana’s links with the Royal Stu­arts.

Miller Bell will give some anec­dotes at this Satur­day’s con­cert.

Nut Point Cen­tre, Lang­dons Rd, West Mel­ton Au­gust 26, 7.30pm. Tick­ets, $25 in­clude a light sup­per. Book­ings are es­sen­tial via nut­ or call 342 1033


Is­abella Miller Bell aka Ma Bell, Celtic, jazz and blues singer.

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