If you were expecting to see the Electric Penelope who strutted her stuff in sequinned hot-pants at her sell-out show last year, you would have been in for a surprise.
This show, enetitled True Romance: Electric Penelope with the Scottish Romance Orchestra, was altogether more grown up. Glamorous evening dresses and a 15-strong orchestra combined to create the mood of the jazz era as Electric Penelope sang her way through classic jazz standards and several songs taken from her debut album, ‘New Day’.
After a tentative start, Electric Penelope rose and met the challenge of singing live with an orchestra. The beautiful new arrangement of her own songs by Tony Kime, founder of the acclaimed Scottish Romance Orchestra, gave a fuller scope to the originals, polishing them so they reflected in a different and, yes, more romantic way.
Gently meandering through the repertoire with musical director, Mike Hardy, EP really hit her stride with ‘Mad About the Boy’ and ‘Willow Weep for Me’, both showcasing her warm tones and ability to inhabit a song.
There was a hiccup along the way with ‘Get Happy’ but Electric Penelope’s naturally warm and funny stage presence allowed her to shrug it off and carry on like a pro.
Electric Penelope is an artist in a constant state of evolution and exploration, picking things up and trying them on for size.
This collaboration reflected that - Electric Penelope displayed another facet of herself to the delight of her audience. What she does next is anyone’s guess, but the chances are she’ll take us all on the journey with her.