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Roxanne de Bastion returns to Stratford-upon-Avon

Roxanne de Bastion
Roxanne has written a song about a famous Warwickshire river

Review: Roxanne de Bastion at Cox's Yard - 29 August 2010
By Hayley Edwards
Blast reporter for BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Sunday night at Cox's Yard gave us Roxanne de Bastion who was supporting Ian McNabb. Everywhere you go there are singer-songwriters or "girls with guitars". Yet, Roxanne was completely different from anything I've seen before.

She was born in Berlin, moved to England, and has even visited New York to perform her songs, the experiences and influences she has had differ from most singers. She has been able to pick up inspiration from all over, without having to restrain herself.

Her voice has a really interesting twang to it, with accents blurring together so that when she sings, it creates a really pure and unique voice. Although her set was only about five or six songs, she created a great atmosphere for the evening to proceed.

Her songs are incredibly memorable and she opened the set with Baby You Can Work On My Farm, which was original, unique and fun - exactly what you want and need from a singer-songwriter. You can relate to her lyrics and they create an understanding between both Roxanne and the audience.

As well as performing, she converses with the audience, charming everyone in the room. Her song Somewhere upon Avon was one of my highlights of the evening, and also her acapella singing, which showed off the beauty of her voice. She put down her guitar and showed her range off perfectly.

Some bands hide behind their instruments, sometimes to hide the fact that they may not be that good vocally, but Roxanne showed she can do both to an extremely high standard.

I was completely bowled over by Roxanne. The grace that she has on stage while singing and playing her incredibly well constructed songs is amazing. If you ever get the chance to go and see her live - definitely do!


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