The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
23 December 2012
Lit by candles and fairy lights, a newly-put-upÂ Christmas tree as the set, and Â with Champagne ready poured Ren took to the stage.
With a ’50s glamour, perfect complexion and strong Salford talking
accent; she then sings with the voice which is so at ease, so liquid flowing
we were simply taken along with it.
She was supported by her musician pal Chris on the piano, Uke and backing vocals.
Also Paul Duffy,Â from The Coral on guitar and vocals. They treated us to Christmas songs
from White Christmas to Santa Baby, and after asking for requests, Rudolf the Red Nosed
Ren, currently at #1 with the Justice Collective, He Aint Heavy; sang the song excitedly pointing atÂ herself when itâs her bit.
With a handful of her own songs and a rendition of Fairytale of New York huddled around theÂ piano, she had the audience singing along and giving a true feeling of the time of year.
Her comfortable endearing presence on stage made the crowd smile and sing… and even aÂ shout of, âYOU CAN TAKE THE GIRL OUT OF SALFORD…!â
After the performance when her father was asked, âAwww are you so proud?â he
replied, âNo, sheâs just doing her jobâ
Haha …parents, donât we just love them!
All words and images by Elspeth Moore. You can see more from Elspeth on LTW here.