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24 March 2006: Vivien Scotson - Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock, Scotland, UK

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Well it was good to be at The Palace again. The Cafe/Bar is up the stairs from the main auditorium, it is quite intimate and somewhat reminiscent of the old style "Uni" bar, more so tonight as The Palace was hosting the third in a series of four live music events run by "My first Cult" who are described as "an online arts resource based in East Ayrshire but embracing local culture from all over Scotland".

This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase new talent and Vivien was one of tonight's featured artists, a delightful contrast to the other three "boy" bands appearing.

Vivien opened with a rich, haunting rendition of Patsy Cline's "Crazy", which my daughters were still humming on the train home, followed by some of her own material.

Vivien's own lyrics are insightful and real. My personal favourite "No Strings" struck a highly resonant chord. Her style is quite individual but very easy on the ear and we were all sad that she only had a half hour set.

It only seems like yesterday that we were at The Palace for Donnie's concert on May 7th last year - but what a long way we've all come since then!

Vivien still has a few dates to play between now and the middle of June, I can highly recommend her to anyone who has a chance to catch a performance - a definite five star rating.

Set list; Crazy (Patsy Cline) / No Strings / Blues Bar Room Brawl / Face On The Wall / It'll Get Better / Better Be Home Soon (Crowded House?)

© Sarah Ellen: Donnie Munro Website Forum, livemusicreview.co.uk . With kind thanks to Vivien Scotson for permission to use this review.

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