The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Wed 18th December 2013
Pics: Dod Morrison
Words: Sally Morrison
This was billed as being Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, but soon after coming on stage Martha told us The Vandellas weren’t there. She said we were such good singers that we could help her out! This woman may have been in the business for 50 years but she still has her Motown fire inside of her.
Wearing a red dress with little mirrors on, she came out shining like a human glitter ball. Her voice wasn’t quite what it used to be, but for 72 she still sounded soulful. Some people left near the start which was a shame, I’m not sure if they were expecting the 20 year old version of Martha to walk on stage!
Martha talked between each song and treated us to stories of ‘back in the day’. She got everyone singing along and clapping. We were treated to classics such as “Heatwave”, “Nowhere to Run” and of course “Dancing in the Streets”. She played a blues number off the new album, getting very emotionally into the song.
The backing band were excellent, and turned out to be mostly Scottish musicians. They played a few Christmas songs and some covers including some Jackson Five. Martha was very much a lady, she even curtseyed after every song.
By the end everyone was loving it so much that she was asked to come back on for a second encore. At this point she encouraged some people to come and dance with her on stage which proved highly entertaining.
Martha Reeves really shared her passion of music with everyone, spreading joy amongst us all. The whole room was cheering and dancing and did not want the night to end.
After the show Martha even came out to meet and greet fans despite being obviously tired. She was such a lady and spent time chatting to fans and posing for photos. This lady proved she hasn’t lost any of her sparkle.