I had the absolute privilege of catching New Zealand songstress Brooke Fraser at Vancouver’s Richards on Richards tonight, in what was her second visit to the Canadian West Coast this year.
The third leg in her “September Sessions” tour of North America and the UK, Brooke was her usual cute and charming best as she entertained the good crowd turnout with songs from her two albums “What To Do With Daylight” and the more recent “Albertine”.
Interspersed with plenty of cute, witty chatter, Brooke’s nicely flowing set featured hits like “Love is Waiting”, “Seeds”, “Arithmetic”, “Better”, a sweet cover of Simon and Garfunkle’s “Sound of Silence” and a rare performance of her second album’s title track, “Albertine”.
As a huge supporter of humanitarian causes, especially World Vision’s Child Sponsorship program, Brooke paused before launching into “Albertine” to talk about her involvement with World Sponsorship and explained how she had brought the cause with her on tour. As explained on her website:
Perhaps the most exciting thing about this tour for me personally is that my BFF is coming. No, not Denver the last dinosaur – World Vision. At every show you’ll have the opportunity to sponsor a child through World Vision, providing healthcare, education and clean water to the child and aid/development in their community (for more info on this see my latest “blog”). We also have a very cool Brooke Fraser t-shirt purpose built to send food aid to Rwanda – for each $25 t-shirt sold, $80 will be donated to this cause thanks to a brilliant government grant match scheme where they match and multiply the donation from each shirt.
The only down side to the night was when Brooke took the wind out of the crowd’s sails by revealing, through thanking the venue for allowing her the honour to play there, that Richards on Richards is soon to be ripped down to be replaced by high-rise apartments. I’m not sure that many concert goers in the audience were aware of this, and there was a definite collective gasp heard when the news was revealed.
Anyway, despite this minor blip, the show was fantastic and I thoroughly recommend any London readers I have out there to check out the September 26th show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. I’m confident there’ll be a BIG turnout with all the Kiwis and Aussies in town, and you’re bound to be treated to a great show!
Here’s a few images and a video clip of Brooke’s hit “Shadowfeet”, from tonight…