cap­tur­ing the QUEEN of the Blues

Re­becca Fer­gu­son will record an ex­clu­sive live al­bum dur­ing a two-week res­i­dency at Bois­dale Of Ca­nary Wharf in Jan­uary

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The open­ing days of 2018 may very well mark a step change in the cul­tural life of Ca­nary Wharf. Bois­dale is set to host plat­inum-sell­ing singer Re­becca Fer­gu­son for a two-week res­i­dency.

But the fact that fans of the 31-year-old Liver­pudlian, who usu­ally per­forms to au­di­ences in the thou­sands, can see her in the Cabot Square venue’s more in­ti­mate sur­round­ings is only part of the story.

The 10 gigs will also be recorded for a lim­ited edi­tion vinyl al­bum for re­lease later in the year.

For Re­becca, though, the shows are re­ally about con­tin­u­ing a longestab­lished tra­di­tion.

She said: “It came about as me and Bois­dale owner Ranald Macdon­ald were hav­ing a chat – I came to see one of the shows and I was just en­joy­ing the music.

“We were talk­ing about all the old jazz greats – Frank Si­na­tra, Bil­lie Hol­i­day, Sammy Davis Jr.

“No mat­ter how big they were, they would still go and play small-ish venues be­cause they en­joyed it.

“I said to Ranald I could see why be­cause, while I do tour­ing, you can lose a sense of the fun of it be­cause it be­comes about the mass scale.

“Ac­tu­ally it’s nice to just do it for fun and then we thought of the idea of record­ing it and do­ing a lim­ited edi­tion vinyl.

“I think music’s quite throw­away at the mo­ment be­cause of stream­ing. A song comes out and it’ll do well for a week or two, then no­body’s in­ter­ested in it.

“There’s none of that feel­ing of when you were a kid, when you’d get a CD and keep it and it was your favourite al­bum.

“I also wanted to in­cor­po­rate music and art, to have all the vinyls painted as well, to get away from it all be­ing about money, re­ally.”

Re­becca first came to promi­nence in 2010 as run­ner-up to Matt Car­dle on ITV’s The X Fac­tor be­fore go­ing on to be­come the fastest sell­ing de­but solo artist of the past decade.

Those at­tend­ing the res­i­dency, which starts on Mon­day, will be treated to her se­lec­tion of songs.

She said: “I’ve picked a lot of great singers that I’m a fan of, like Tina Turner, Bil­lie Hol­i­day and Aretha Franklin – just great jazz singers who I ad­mire.

“I would say fans should come be­cause I don’t nor­mally do gigs like this – I’ve never done a res­i­dency be­fore and it’s not likely I’ll be do­ing it again. It’s a one-off thing, re­ally, and I’m mak­ing it unique.

“Straight af­ter, I go on tour and then I’m busy all year, so it’s prob­a­bly the only chance fans will get to have that in­ti­mate type of per­for­mance.

“I think hope­fully this is some­thing Bois­dale can grow – so we do the first res­i­dency and the live record­ing, and then get maybe an­other artist to do the next one. For me it’s some­thing fun to do, some­thing dif­fer­ent and it takes it away from the usual.”

Re­becca will per­form at Bois­dale from Mon­day, Jan­uary 8-12 and from Jan­uary 15-19.

Tick­ets cost from £30 with no food or from £75 with din­ner in­cluded. The top-end VIP tick­ets cost £175.

I’ve never done a res­i­dency be­fore and it’s not likely I’ll be do­ing it again Re­becca Fer­gu­son, Singer

Re­becca’s Ca­nary Wharf res­i­dency is a rare chance for fans to see the plat­inum­selling singer up close singing her favourite songs

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