Year in Review
I love Christmas!!
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to record a Christmas album in the time honored tradition of a Frank Sinatra or a Dean Martin but no, this newsletter is not to announce that I have released my Yuletide melodies but only that as I type my fingers are accompanying the fabulously talented Seth Macfarlane as he sings “Let it Snow” from his festive album “Holiday For Swing!” This year’s Christmas discovery!
But I digress. This newsletter is to say a huge thank you to everybody who has been involved in this crazy adventure we call 2016! This year saw the birth of The Stardust Ensemble and together, we have toured up and down the land with our show “Songs Of Hollywood”.
We began in March in Exeter at the wonderful Northcott theatre and ended at the small but perfectly formed gem that is Crazy Coqs, Live at Zedel’s in London.
Click to View Smile video live at Crazy Coq’s
In between we played some of England’s most glorious venues including London’s Cadogan Hall and the extraordinary St George’s Hall, Liverpool and let us not forget that we kicked off the year with the small matter of a recording of our show
Liza Pulman Sings Hollywood
on First Night Records – BUY IT HERE
We spent an amazing week in the studio where we gathered for the first time as a band and brought our arrangements to life under the watchful ears of Stuart Macintosh and Niall Acott.
In and amongst all of this madness my musical director and partner in crime Joseph Atkins and I managed to find time to perform our much-cherished show Everything’s Coming Up Roses in the ridiculously beautiful Abbey Gardens, Tresco Unfortunately rehearsal time was tight so we had to take what we could get.
We also had a riotous night at the Petworth festival with this show and of course, took it to the Edinburgh Festival for a week
The Roses show is where mine and Joe’s working relationship and great friendship began and so it is very special to us….and because I clearly wasn’t busy enough, I multi tasked at Edinburgh hooking up with les girls in Fascinating Aida in the evenings to perform our new, one hour show Back In The Saddle, even finding time to record a DVD of this.
With so much time away from each other due to ill-health, it was a total joy to be back together again for this show and served to tickle our taste buds for the time in the not to distant future when we will regroup and write our new show. The extraordinary Dame Adele Anderson is, I’m happy to report, in marvelous health but it is unlikely that we will be ready to perform again together just yet and so 2017 will see me and the boys of The Stardust Ensemble regrouping to tour our new show Liza Sings Streisand.
This is no ghastly tribute show and no stars in their eyes but is, instead a chance to recognise this remarkable and influential artist through the music she sang. This is music that I have sung all my life and Joe and I have been locked in a small room working on the arrangements of these wonderful songs, hopefully sprinkling a bit of magic as we go.
Lastly, it just remains to say a big thank you to all of you who have been so amazing and supportive during this last year. To those of you who have brought cakes (you know who you are) and who have brought friends to our shows, thank you. I so hope that we will see you somewhere on the road next year.
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful 2017.
May this coming year have, less referendums, less elections, less loss and more music!
Much love Liza xxx