Jools Holland is the Patron of Music for Boisdale, so of course it sees its fair share of live jazz. Classy tribute acts are also a popular soundtrack to the high-end dining and eye-popping array of drinks on offer.
The restaurant is branching out, though; we’ve seen modern UK country artists like Megan O’Neill, Katy Hurt and Emily Faye perform at the Canary Wharf location.
On November 26, Boisdale will play host to a lush combination of soul and commercial sounds as Rebecca Ferguson graces the stage. This comes hot on the heels of a sold out show on November 19, and a 2 week residency in 2018.Making her name as the runner-up to Matt Cardle on X Factor in 2010, she was quickly signed to Syco Music/Epic Records and then the prestigious Columbia Records in the U.S.
Her debut album, which went 2x Platinum in the UK generated multiple hits. Its follow-up went Gold.
Ferguson returned to the headlines in early 2017. Whereas Beyoncé and Aretha Franklin had played at President Obama’s inauguration, President-elect Trump was reportedly having difficulty securing performers.
When Ferguson was asked, her public response was classy and clever: “If you allow me to sing Strange Fruit, a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial. A song that speaks to all the disregarded and downtrodden black people in the United States. A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept.” This offer to perform Billie Holiday’s song about lynching was not taken up.
The exchange gave some indication of Ferguson’s musical direction; she’s recorded an album of Billie Holiday songs. When she appears at Boisdale Canary Wharf on November 26, she’ll share soulful classics as well as her own hits. You may hear soulful renditions of Georgia On My Mind, Mad About The Boy, I Say A Little Prayer, Wonderful World and Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay.
Plenty of dinner packages are available. If they’re a little out of your price range you can buy a ticket for the show without dinner for £25 plus booking fee. It might be splashing out if you’re able to, though, as dining seats tend to be closer to the stage.
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