Well known as a solo act on the local scene, Krista Green also works with her band The Bees. We went along to Chaplins to have a looksee…
We've seen local songstress Krista many times at gigs and events throughout the conurbation, even coming across an impromptu busking session but for some strange reason have never seen her backed by her band 'The Bees'.
It is an omission we're happy to say has been remedied with an impressive gig at the ever eclectic Chaplins back a while.
As a former winner of the Bournemouth Unplugged competition you;d expect a level of quality and you wouldn't be disappointed. Krista hits the stage with a wonderful beaming smile that brightens up the slightly dingy Cellar Bar.
Kicking off with 'Melodies', we get a real sense of the wonderful soulful sound that Krista and her band can produce and with great funk/soul keys backup from Paul Gibson it's a winning start to the set.
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As the night moves on what is evident is the lyrical quality from KG. Somehow she manages to combine poignant wordsmithery with upbeat tunes that combine to give the effect of an iron fist wrapped in a fifty quid John Lewis Pillow. She delivers with a glint in the eye that transfixes and the evening speeds on rapidly through gems like 'Bellies full of Booze'.
Too soon the night drew to a close but not before the ever obliging Connie allowed a well deserved encore.
KGB gave us an evening of merriment and charm and I'd recommend catching either her solo show or the rare appearances with The Bees.
Sadly for us around here Krista has based herself in London which will naturally restrict her local performances but for now she has a number of bookings so I'd say get yourself along for a treat.
Honorable mention has to be made at this point of the other members of the aforementioned bees that support ably, Justin Young on drums, and Bass Kris Venzi-James. Whilst we don't get leotards and sparkles from the boys we do get a great musical show, which is what we came for after all.
Whilst there is a good amount of folk/soul/funk in a sort of Norah Jones crossed with KT Tunstall kind of way it would be wrong to think that the set was one full of meaningful and brow furrowing earnestness.
In fact a goodly amount of dancing was to be seen, some of which it must be said was of Ms Greens own family who came out to support. I was harangued I was and nearly spilled me pint.