Gig Review: Norma Jean Martine, supported by Oh Sister - Servant Jazz Quarters, London ✭✭✭✭

Norma Jean Martine 
supported by Oh Sister
Norma Jean Martine - Photo credit  Steve Stubbs
Servant Jazz Quarters, London
Review by Mary Shannon

An intimate setting in Dalston for an intimate gig: it’s always great when you can get right up close to the artists. I’d heard good things about Norma Jean Martine, and she did not disappoint. In fact, she was brilliant.

Oh Sister - Photo credit Steve Stubbs
The night at Servant Jazz Quarters started with supporting act Oh Sister, a duo with a laid-back vibe but beautifully haunting vocals. They ranged in style from folky to country to bluesy, but always with a lovely lilt. When they began to relax and laugh and engage with the audience, they showed potential star quality.

Norma Jean herself is a small singer with a big on-stage personality. Judging by the audience (tickets were sold out, although it has to be said the venue was small) she’s already got a growing fan base who seemed to know her songs. 

The catchy ‘Angels On My Shoulders’ got the crowd lifted; the title track of her album ‘Only In My Mind’, and the rhymic ‘Still In Love With You’ are songs to stick in your head on the way home. She made her cover of George Michael’s ‘Freedom’ her own. 
Her smoky voice is like early Amy Winehouse – and she has the potential to be as successful. 

Norma Jean Martine is one to watch.

Four stars ✭✭✭✭