Turning up towards the end of the first half probably wasn't the best way to start a review of Isobel Thatcher but I walked in to an acoustic rendition of 'Can't stand losing you' that certainly piqued my interest.
Isobel has an easy smooth style that lends itself to an intimate venue like the top bar at Chaplins and she had a number of supporters giving her deserved back up.
The appreciative crowd enjoyed spirited renditions of classics such as 'Ain't no sunshine' and 'Big yellow taxi' together with her own arrangements of more modern tunes like Aloe Blacc's 'I need a dollar'.
As an aside I got the strong feeling that Isobel would probably do well with some Kirsty MaColl material like 'Caroline' or 'Don't come the cowboy'. Maybe even a bit of Billy Bragg and 'New England'.
The evening ended well with an encore demanded by the remaining troops and I do believe a little bit of singing on 'You've got the love'.
All in all another enjoyable Tuesday thanks to Isobel Thatcher and Chaplins.
Ms Thatcher has been compared to Joss Stone but I'd say she's much more Janis Ian as there's a lot less jazz and more of a mellow soulful air going on.
I particularly enjoyed her own compositions and to be fair that seemed to be where Isobel felt more at home and certainly came into her own. Check her out on soundcloud, particularly 'Drink the water'.
There was a mix of covers and her own songs that hit the right note for the popular acoustic session at Chaplins.