As her band took to the stage the audience calmed before exploding with expectation as Amy quietly, almost unassumingly, took her place, stage centre. Dressed 'to kill' in 'worn' jeans and bomber jacket she looked absolutely fantastic and positively oozed class.
A regular on the Marr's stage since its opening in 2000 Amy has steadily grown in confidence and built up an impressive repertoire of original songs. Likewise, over that period, the size of her audience has grown too; passionate Wadge 'lovers' that listen with respect as their diminutive hero(ine) works her (beautiful) butt off for them. And tonight, those faithful followers were rewarded big style because without doubt this was her finest set here to date.
I wondered whether Amy'd been working on her already faultless performance; tonight she seemed to put more into her delivery than ever before - singing totally from the heart but with body language and facial expression highlighting the mood and emotion. And, what's more, she played and sang her little socks off.
She really is a class act!
As I find myself running out of words to praise Amy Wadge, the person, her works and her performance, I think I really should mention her band. And what a band she's now got; well honed, musically mature artists in their own right with great pedigrees that support and enhance Amy's songs with total precision and sympathetic touch.
You know, we seem to be regularly force-fed with American female artists in the same ilk as Amy. But d'you know what? Not one has the sparkle that our Amy has. Not one comes across as genuinely an Amy. And yet, they seem to earn good bucks doin' what Amy does much better. Ok, she's slowly knocking down the barriers and earning the respect she so richly deserves but why does it take so long for things to happen in the UK? But, there again, as much as I'd like to see Amy getting that success, I'd hate to think that The Marr's Bar could lose this superb talent because of its size and limited earning potential. Life just wouldn't be as good without 'live' Amy in it!! Anyway, I think and hope Amy'll keep on coming back as often as possible.